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    The version of cosmopolitanism that I favor is exactly about balancing universality and difference. Many people who believe rightly in universality, want, wrongly, I think, to impose their vision of the world on others. They think not just that there are universal truths but that they already know what they are. And they don't think they have anything to learn, as a result, from others. They don't converse, they try to convert.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: truth  people  world  believe  learn  vision 
     
    I believe there are universal moral values - some of which are very well served by a cosmopolitan attitude. You can think that there are universal values without supposing that everyone agrees as to what they are and without supposing that you have got them all right either.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    Unless you have the power to stop the government of Iran beheading teenagers for homosexual acts, there's not much to be done except deplore it unless you are willing to converse with people about why they thinking this is okay.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    There are many people of cosmopolitan temperament who are not from the elites of their societies or the world; and while, for a variety of reasons, I think a cosmopolitan spirit does naturally go with city life, that's the life of a very large proportion of human beings today. And I don't think rural people can't be cosmopolitan, in my sense.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: people  society  human  spirit 
     
    If someone hates you, they won't ask you for things.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: hate 
     
    The phrase 'academic freedom' is often used carelessly: here is a work that will allow a more careful conversation about those many crucial issues facing the academy, in which a well-worked out understanding of conceptions of academic freedom is, as its authors show, an essential tool.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    I started philosophy looking for answers. But along the way I came to prize exploring the questions. Progress in philosophy consists, I think, in a clearer delineation of the conceptual options, not in reaching determinate conclusions.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    A value is like a fax machine: it's not much use if you're the only one who has one.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: value 
     
    In life, the challenge is not so much to figure out how best to play the game; the challenge is to figure out what game you're playing
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: challenge  games 
     
    Cosmopolitans begin, I think, with a sense of one thing we all certainly share, which is our fallibility. Nobody has reason to be confident that they're right about everything. That's one of the motivations for conversation across differences. It's in my interest to converse with people who are wrong about different things from the ones I'm wrong about!
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: people  right  wrong  shares 
     
    Conversation doesn't have to lead to consensus about anything especially not values; it's enough that it helps people get used to one another
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: people  help 
     
    The challenge, then, is to take minds and hearts formed over the long millennia of living in local troops and equip them with ideas and institutions that will allow us to live together as the global tribe we have become.
    — Kwame Anthony Appiah
    tags: heart  living  live  challenge  mind  ideas 
     
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