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Kwame Anthony Appiah “The Counter Cosmopolitans” and “Kindness to Strangers” Chapter 9: “The Counter Cosmopolitans” I. Believers without borders: a. Al Qaeda and other extremists groups rooted in religion a.i. i.e. Muslims: Osama bin Laden; Christians: Eric Rudolph (bombed Atlanta Olympics) b. Universalism—how to distinguish benign from malign forms? b.i. Cosmopolitans believe in universalism too, but unlike extremists/universalists, are less certain they have it all right because they recognize how difficult it is to find the whole truth. II. Competing Universalities: a. Toleration requires a concept of the intolerable. The cosmopolitan conception of toleration is interacting on terms of respect with those who see the world differently. b. Cosmoplitanism vs. counter-cosmoplitanism: b.i. Cosmoplitanism: (1) commitment to pluralism (the view that there are many values worth living by and you cannot live by all of them); (2) commitment to fallibilism (the sense that our knowledge is imperfect, provisional, subject to revision in the face of new evidence).
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