Cosmopolitanism as the existential condition of humanity
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2010
© 2010 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 389–395, November 2010
How to Cite
Josephides, L. (2010), Cosmopolitanism as the existential condition of humanity. Social Anthropology, 18: 389–395. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2010.00121.x
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2010
Cosmopolitanism as the existential condition of humanity refers to the view that human beings are both transcendent and social. This is argued through another pair of concepts, commonality and difference. If humans are moral, it is because they recognise each other as sharing a basic ontology. But this morality is expressed in the sort of regard that separates ‘me’ from ‘you’. Two aspects of difference are elaborated: foreignness feared as alien but also found in oneself, and alterity as irreducibly other. How can these differences keep us both individual and social?