Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1999 (117):167-174 (1999)

Robert D'Amico
University of Florida
This volume contains an essay by Martha Nussbaum in defense of world citizenship or “cosmopolitanism,” as opposed to patriotism, which she defines as any view treating “national boundaries as morally salient,” together with a series of brief supportive (Anthony Appiah and Amartya Sen) and critical (Benjamin Barber, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Hilary Putnam, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Michael Walzer, et al.) comments. The essay originally appeared in The Boston Review in 1994 and led to bringing together the “usual suspects” for a bit of popular edification and policy-making. Such posturing by what passes today for public intellectuals is rarely successful and not always…
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