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Bibliography on Cosmopolitanism

The following bibliography is an initial and growing list of readings deemed important by the members of the U.S.-China Research Group on Cosmopolitanism. This list informs their reflections, deliberations, and recommendations regarding how to think about and apply the concept of cosmopolitanism.

Andrew Shepherd and James Clarke, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Pickwick Publications, 2014).

Appiah, Kwame Anthony, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006).

Bai Tongdong, “Mao’s China’s or Confucius’s Tianxia? Reflection on Chinese Visions of World Order,” China review International, 23.4 (2016): 334-344.

Bailey, Tom, Contestatory Cosmopolitanism, (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Brock, Gillian, Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Brock, Gillian and Harry Brighouse (eds.), The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Brown, Garrett W. and David Held, Eds., The Cosmopolitanism Reader, Polity: 2010.

Chai, Shaojin, “Wang Yangming and Chinese Cosmopolitanism in Comparative Perspective,” in Deng Zhenglai and Sujian Guo, eds., China’s Search for Good Governance, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011): 199-223.

Chang & Chen, “Tracking Tianxia: On Intellectual Self-Positioning” in Chinese Visions of World Order edited by Ban Wang (Duke University Press, 2017).

Cohen, Joshua, ed., For Love of Country? Debating the Limits of Patriotism, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1996).

Davenport, John J., A League of Democracies: Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods, (London/New York: Routledge, 2021).

“Education and cosmopolitanism in Asia: an introduction.” ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF EDUCATION 2020, Vol. 40, No. 1, 1–9.

Gerard Delanty (2006), “The cosmopolitan imagination: critical cosmopolitanism and social theory.” The British Journal of Sociology. 57 (1): 25-47.


黄玉顺.“以身为本”与“大同主义”———“家国天下”话语反思与“天下主义”观念批判.探索与争鸣, 20 1 6, (1).

Ivan Mayerhofer, “From Buddhist Modernism to Buddhist Cosmopolitanism?” Religious Studies Review. 46 (3), 2020: 355-357.

Ivanhoe, Philip J., “Confucian Cosmopolitanism,” the Journal of Religious Ethics, 42.1 (March 2014): 22-44.

Jacques Derrida, ‘‘Hospitality,” Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, No. 3, Vol. 5 (2000): 3-18.

Jacques Derrida, On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness. Tran. by Mark Dooley and Michael Hughes. (London & New York: Routledge, 2001).

Jason W. Alvis, “Phenomenology’s Rejects: Religion after Derrida’s Denegations,” Open Theology. 3 (1): 590-599.

Jeffers, Chike, “Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 51.4 (December 2013): 488–510.

Kant, Immanuel, Toward Perpetual Peace.

Kemp, Peter, Citizen of the World: The Cosmopolitan Ideal for the Twenty-First Century, (Humanities Press, 2010).

Kent, Eddy and Terri Tomshky, Eds., Negative Cosmopolitanism: Cultures and Politics of World Citizenship after Globalization, (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017).

Larry Ray & William Outhwaite (2016) ‘Communist Cosmopolitanism’ in European Cosmopolitanisms: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Societies. Edited by Gurminder K Bhambra and John Narayan, London: Routledge, 41-56.

Linklater, “Human Interconnectedness”, International Relations, 23, 2007: 481–97.


Monica Sanchez-Flores, Cosmopolitan Liberalism: Expanding the Boundaries of the Individual. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Neville, Robert C., “Dimensions of Confucian Cosmopolitanism,” The Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 39.4 (December 2012): 594-613.

Nussbaum, Martha C., Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press,1998).

Nussbaum, Martha C., The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Idea, (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 2019).

Papastergiadis, Nikos. Cosmopolitanism and Culture, (Polity, 2012).

Peng, Guoxiang, “Rethinking Nationalism, Patriotism, and Cosmopolitanism: A Confucian Perspective,” Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, Volume 32: 99-116.

Pettit, Philip, “A Republican Law of Peoples,” European Journal of Political Theory, 9, (2010):70–94.

Pogge, Thomas W., “Cosmopolitanism and Sovereignty,” Ethics, 103.1, (1992): 48-75.

Pradeep K. Giri, “Buddhist Literature: A Cosmopolitan Philosophy” in Molung Educational Frontier, Vol. 10. 2020: 93-100.

_____. “Cosmopolitanism” in Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit, and Thomas W. Pogge, Eds., A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, Wiley Blackwell (January 30, 1996).

Rawls, John, The Law of Peoples (Harvard University Press, 1999).

Rovisco, Maria and Sebastian Kim, Eds., Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere, (London/New York: Routledge, 2014).

Scheffler, Samuel, “Conceptions of Cosmopolitanism,” Utilitas 11 (November 1999): 258– 259.

Tan, Kok-Chor, Justice Without Borders: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Patriotism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Taraborrelli, Angela, Contemporary Cosmopolitanism, (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).

Ting, Yangzhao, All under Heaven: The Tianxia System for a Possible World Order, (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2021).

Traverso and Michael Löwy, “The Marxist Approach to the National Question: A Critique of Nimni's Interpretation. 54 (2), 1990: 132-146.

Van Hooft, Stan, Cosmopolitanism: A Philosophy for Global Ethics, (Acumen, 2009).

Vertovec, Steven, and Robin Cohen (eds.), Conceiving Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Context, and Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Waldron, Jeremy, “Minority Cultures and the Cosmopolitan Alternative,” University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 25 (1992): 763.

_____. “What is Cosmopolitan?” Journal of Political Philosophy 8 (June 2000): 232.

Wang, Ban, ed., Chinese Visions of World Order—Tianxia, Culture, and World Politics, (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017).

许纪霖: 新天下主义与中国的内外秩序,许纪霖、刘擎主编:《新天下主义》(上海人民出版社,2015).

赵汀阳.天下的当代性———世界秩序的实践与想象.北京:中信出版集团, 20 1 6 .

Wong, David and Marion Hourdequin, "Hiding the World in the World: A Case for Cosmopolitanism Based in the Zhuangzi," in Peter D. Hershock and Roger T. Ames, eds., Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation, (Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press, 2019):15-33.