17 March, 2015 (5PM – 7.30PM)
Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
Open to all, no need to register.
CRASSH is pleased to announce that CRASSH Mellon CDI Visiting Professor
Kwame Anthony Appiah will be in conversation with Professor Ash Amin
(University of Cambridge) on the topic of “Cosmopolitanism”.
“Cosmopolitanism” is an ancient idea – that we are – or should
aspire to be – citizens of the world and not merely beholden to a local
community. This originally Epicurean and then Christian ideal has become
one of the most pressing issues in modern ethics and political thought
thanks to the brilliant work of Kwame Anthony Appiah, whose book
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers inaugurated a debate
that has also been taken forward by Martha Nussbaum and Danielle Allen.
If globalization has become the condition of modern society what are the
implications for ethical action? Can we care for distant others as
vividly as we do for our own immediate ties? How do the claims of a
universal ethics stand against the recognition of cultural difference?
What “habits of co-existence” are required to make the global world
habitable? What narrative or moral or affective obligations make sense
in or across modern societies?