General Conclusion: A Modern Sensibility for Today’s World

  • Vincenzo Cicchelli
  • Sylvie Octobre
Part of the Consumption and Public Life book series (CUCO)


Aesthetico-cultural cosmopolitanism is a new sensibility in the history of ideas, a history marked successively by courtly love, childhood, human rights, equality, feminism, the question of identity and authenticity, and so on. From this point of view, it cannot be emphasized enough that this form of neo-cosmopolitanism represents the cornerstone of contemporary civic education, much like the role played by emancipation during the Renaissance, by reason during the Enlightenment, by sentiment during the Romantic period, and by exoticism during the first half of the twentieth century. The culture of ordinary men and women at the beginning of the twenty-first century is necessarily cosmopolitan (at least to a certain degree) and it starts with aesthetico-cultural cosmopolitanism.


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  • Vincenzo Cicchelli
    • 1
  • Sylvie Octobre
    • 1
  1. 1.GEMASSCNRS/University of Paris-SorbonneParisFrance

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