28. Hellenistic Cosmopolitanism

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Eric Brown

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch28

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Brown, E. (2012) Hellenistic Cosmopolitanism, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. Washington University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • Hellenistic Cosmopolitanism, a quaint doctrine dealing with strange times;
  • Cosmopolitanism, and Stoic and Epicurean philosophy of the so-called Hellenistic Age;
  • philosophical cosmopolitanism, predating Alexander's conquests;
  • Stoic assertions of the cosmos as a polis, citizens with positive commitments;
  • Cosmopolitanism, the Stoics portraying Socrates as a cosmopolitan;
  • Cynic cosmopolitanism, and Diogenes' way of life;
  • Socratic tendencies, influencing Hellenistic cosmopolitanism;
  • Stoic Cosmopolitanism, the Stoics' conception of ideal politics;
  • the doctrine of the cosmopolis, no mere metaphor for the Stoic goal of living;
  • Epicurean Cosmopolitanism, opposing cosmopolitanism favored by Stoics


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Socratic Roots of Cosmopolitanism

  • Stoic Cosmopolitanism

  • Epicurean Cosmopolitanism

  • The Importance of Hellenistic Cosmopolitanism

  • Bibliography