No Place for Cosmopolitans?

Nexus Conference 1999

Cosmopolitanism presupposes transcendent values which are known to all, independent of their nationality; values of which nobody can claim ownership, and which can be expressed in different languages, forms, and cultures. Cosmopolitanism is not a political concept: it is a way of life. Has cosmopolitanism vanished as an ideal? If it has, what have we lost exactly? And can we still recover it? Which contemporary social phenomena might we understand better through a debate on the need for cosmopolitanism? What are the implications of the cosmopolitan ideal for our politics, culture, and human identity?