Theories of cosmopolitanism remain underdeveloped and controversial primarily because they arise almost exclusively from the Anglo-American philosophical tradition and employ its characteristic approaches.
The U.S.-China Research Group on Cosmopolitanism, convened by Philip J. Ivanhoe of Georgetown University in collaboration with Peng Guoxiang of Zhejiang University, brings together nine scholars from the United States and the Chinese cultural sphere. It aims to develop and pursue a structured dialogue around theoretical and practical problems related to cosmopolitanism with the goal of identifying issues of shared concern.
In order to initiate the group's inquiry into the nature and future of cosmopolitanism, each participant has composed a short reflection describing their initial thoughts on cosmopolitanism. These will serve as the basis of their first meeting and provide a good introduction to the work of the research group. Please continue to the Essay section below to read their work.
The members of the research group have also generated a bibliography on cosmopolitanism that will be continually updated in the course of the project.