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Education For Global Citizenship


by Kwame Anthony Appiah — 2008

In this chapter Kwame Anthony Appiah moves the discussion of civic education from a national to a global context. He demonstrates that the idea of global citizenship is older than written history—and certainly not uniquely a Western idea—and challenges some recent methods of fostering “citizens of the world.” Global civic education takes on a particular urgency in today’s world in which “each of us can realistically imagine contacting any other of our seven billion fellow humans and send that person something worth having,” or conversely “things that will cause harm.” His response is to advocate education to foster a cosmopolitan spirit.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 13, 2008, p. 83-99
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18450, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:43:12 PM

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  • Kwame Appiah
    Princeton University
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    KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His books include In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (1992), Color Conscious: The Morality of Race (with Amy Gutmann) (1996), Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (2003), The Ethics of Identity (2005), Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006), and Experiments in Ethics (2008), as well as three novels, the first of which is Avenging Angel (1991). He is a much sought after visiting scholar and lecturer on the philosophical foundations of liberalism and reviews regularly for the New York Review of Books.
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