Rooted Cosmopolitan Education

  • Yusef WaghidEmail author
  • Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu
  • Judith Terblanche
  • Faiq Waghid
  • Zayd Waghid


In this chapter, we discuss the notion of inclusive cosmopolitanism as espoused by Kwame A. Appiah. The central theme of Appiah’s cosmopolitanism is the idea of rooted cosmopolitanism. Rooted cosmopolitanism is grounded in the distinction Appiah draws between moral and ethical duties. On the one hand, moral duties pertain to the impartiality in the generally thin relations that are political in nature and governed by such things as distributive schemes of a society. Such duties could either be in reference to local or global people. Ethical duties, on the other hand, pertain to the realm of individual commitments grounded in the nature of the individual as an embedded autonomous choice-making being about what constitutes the good life. The ethical person is an embedded being in a complex set of different personal relationships. Though individuals differently value the social-cultural context of their embedded-ness, elements of such a context are however, indispensable in the expression and concreteness of the autonomy of the individual. In this chapter, we contend that education informed by rooted cosmopolitanism must necessarily be responsive to the sources of individual rootedness for different people across the world.


Inclusive cosmopolitanism Rooted cosmopolitanism Moral Ethical duties Autonomous choice-making Relationships Autonomy Individual rootedness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yusef Waghid
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu
    • 2
  • Judith Terblanche
    • 3
  • Faiq Waghid
    • 4
  • Zayd Waghid
    • 5
  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of MalawiZombaMalawi
  3. 3.Department of AccountingUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa
  4. 4.Centre for Innovative Learning TechnologyCape Peninsula University of TechnologyCape TownSouth Africa
  5. 5.Faculty of EducationCape Peninsula University of TechnologyMowbraySouth Africa

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