By Anthony Pagden
Cosmopolitanism is an historical creed; yet in its glossy shape it used to be a creature of the Enlightenment try to create a brand new 'science of man', established upon a imaginative and prescient of humanity made from self reliant contributors, loose from the entire constraints imposed by way of customized, prejudice, and faith. As Pagden indicates, this 'new technology' used to be established now not easily on 'cold, calculating reason', as its critics claimed, yet at the argument that every one people are associated through what within the Enlightenment have been referred to as 'sympathetic'
attachments. the realization used to be that regardless of the numerous tribes and international locations into which humanity used to be divided there has been just one 'human nature', and that the ultimate future of the species may well simply be the production of 1 common, cosmopolitan society.
This new 'human technological know-how' supplied the philosophical grounding of the trendy international. it's been the muse in the back of the League of countries, the United countries and the ecu Union. with out it, foreign legislation, international justice, and human rights laws will be unthinkable. As Anthony Pagden argues passionately and persuasively during this booklet, it's a legacy worth keeping - and person who may possibly but come to inherit the earth.