Cosmopolitanism and Place

Cosmopolitanism and Place

Edited by Jessica Wahman, José M. Medina and John J. Stuhr
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/01/2017
ISBN: 978-0-253-03033-7
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Addressing perspectives about who "we" are, the importance of place and home, and the many differences that still separate individuals, this volume reimagines cosmopolitanism in light of our differences, including the different places we all inhabit and the many places where we do not feel at home. Beginning with the two-part recognition that the world is a smaller place and that it is indeed many worlds, Cosmopolitanism and Place critically explores what it means to assert that all people are citizens of the world, everywhere in the world, as well as persons bounded by a universal and shared morality.

Author Bio

Jessica Wahman is Visiting Research Scholar at Cornell University.

José M. Medina is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

John J. Stuhr is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and American Studies at Emory University.


“These essays offer many beautiful, eloquent, incisive, generative, and moving analyses of place, home, and world. They introduce some new and extremely useful terminologies: cosmopolitan hope, cosmopolitan ignorance, cosmopolitan dreaming, cosmopolitan publics, and cosmopolitan cohabitation. ”
 — Eduardo Mendieta, author of Global Fragments: Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory

“The essays in this rich volume challenge many of the standard cultural, moral, and political meanings of cosmopolitanism, especially those of universalism, world citizenship, and global justice.”
 — Emily Zakin, editor of Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference, and the Formation of the Polis

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Table of Contents


Section I: Reconstructing Cosmopolitan Ideals
Introduction / Jessica Wahman
1. Déjà Vu All Over Again?: The Challenge of Cosmopolitanism / John Lysaker
2. Home, Hospitality, and the Cosmopolitan Address / Noëlle McAfee
3. Cultural Heritages and Universal Principles / Juan Carlos Pereda Failache
4. Not Black or White but Chocolate Brown: Reframing Issues / Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley
5. Pragmatism and the Challenge of a Cosmopolitan Aesthetics: Framing the Issues / Robert E. Innis

Section II: Taking Place Seriously
Introduction / José Medina
6. Toward a Politics of Co-Habitation: "Dwelling" in the Manner of Wayfarers / Vincent Colapietro
7. Cosmopolitan Ignorance and "Not Knowing Your Place" / José Medina
8. America and Cosmopolitan Responsibility: Some Thoughts on an Itinerant Duty / Jeff Edmonds
9. Loss of Place / Megan Craig
10. The Loss of Confidence in the World / Josep E. Corbí
11. Climate Change and Place: Delimiting Cosmopolitanism / Nancy Tuana

Section III: Reimaging Home and World
Introduction / John J. Stuhr
12. Citizen or Guest?: Cosmopolitanism as Homelessness / Jessica Wahman
13. Cosmopolitan Hope / Jennifer L. Hansen
14. Hospitality or Generosity?: Cosmopolitan Transactions / Cynthia Gayman
15. On Cosmopolitan Publics and Online Communities / Erin C. Tarver
16. A New "International of Decent Feelings"?: Cosmopolitanism and the Erasure of Class / William S. Lewis
17. Somewhere, Dreaming of Cosmopolitanism / John J. Stuhr