Volume 37, Issue Supplement, 2012
Selected Papers from the XXII World Congress of Philosophy
Globalization and Cosmopolitanism
Claims, Attitudes, and Experiences of Friendship
This paper focuses on four brief points only: first, the general character of today’s understandings of globalization; then, one substantive danger that arises from this general understanding of globalization; third, by contrast, the universal character of just one of the most important traditional understandings of cosmopolitanism; and, finally, on what might bring together a certain globalization and a certain cosmopolitanism into something more than either just a so-called European or African “anthropocentric ethics.” The key conceptual resource highlighted is that of friendship.