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Appiah, Kwame Anthony

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In his wide-ranging writings, Kwame Anthony Appiah has tackled a variety of philosophical topics in issues such as the philosophy of language and logic, experimental philosophy, and ethics and political philosophy. With respect to ethics and political philosophy, Appiah begins to articulate a view of embedded cosmopolitanism in his 2005 book The Ethics of Identity and proceeds to fully develop this concept in Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2007).

In developing this concept of rooted cosmopolitanism, Appiah begins from his own personal experience. In other words, Appiah’s cosmopolitanism begins with ethical concerns rather than political ones. Raised in Ghana by a Ghanaian father and an English mother, his experience could not but be cosmopolitan. He introduces his chapter “Rooted Cosmopolitanism” with an account of his father’s admonition that, no matter where they should choose to live they “should endeavor to leave that place ‘better than you found it.’ ‘Deep inside...

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McCall, C. (2011). Appiah, Kwame Anthony. In: Chatterjee, D.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_414

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