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As argued in an earlier chapter, the idea of cosmopolitanism is predicated on the idea of openness to others and an ethics of inclusiveness. These two principles have been inseparably intertwined in the history of cosmopolitan thought and exemplified in Kant's 1795 essay on Perpetual Peace (Kant, 1975), with its emphasis on world citizenry, universal obligations of hospitality and objectives of peace and human dignity for ‘anyone on the surface of the earth’. In our view, these Kantian principles are not dusty remnants of the past but have lived on and have evolved to continue to provide the tone to contemporary debates and strategies for dealing with a range of contemporary issues.

Delanty (2006: 28) appropriately reminds us that we should think of cosmopolitanism as ...

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