Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages

Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages

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Is it possible to be a citizen of the world? Cosmopolitan thought has been at the center of recent debates surrounding human rights, legal obligations, international relations and political responsibility. Most of these debates trace their origins to the Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Century or to the teaching of Greek and Roman philosophers. This collection of essays uncovers a wide array of medieval writings on cosmopolitan ethics and politics, writings generally ignored or glossed over in contemporary discourse. Medieval literary fictions and travel accounts provide us with rich contextualizations of the complexities and contradictions of cosmopolitan thought.Kanta#39;s essay is often discussed as one of the first theories of cosmopolitanism, but as Martha Nussbaum has shown, his essay is indebted to Stoic ideas of cos- mopolitanism that were available to the Middle Ages.Although the polit- icalanbsp;...

Title:Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages
Author:John M. Ganim, Shayne Legassie
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-03-20


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