Cosmopolitan Paths to Peace

  • Richard Falk


Cosmopolitanism is at once the oldest and the least tested ideology that addresses the most profound question facing humanity since the first moment of its existence—how best to live together on this earth. The first formulations of a cosmopolitan orientation are to be found in ancient Greece and Rome, with reverberations along similar lines in China and India. At the same time, cosmopolitan ideas have never been put into practice as distinct from their prominence over the centuries in religious, ethical, and utopian traditions of thought. The position taken in this chapter is that an appropriate form of cosmopolitanism remains our best hope for shaping policies and practices, improve prospects for humanity to achieve sustainable humane governance and species survival, and hence, world peace.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of International Law, EmeritusPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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