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Global age cosmopolitanism

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Cosmopolitanism suggests world citizenship, an idea that developed through several different historical phases. Three of these historical phases are considered in this document. The first two, Stoic cosmopolitanism (SC) and Kantian cosmopolitanism (KC) are primarily philosophical. The third, global age cosmopolitanism (GAC), is primarily socioeconomic and political, although it includes philosophical elements. Throughout this paper, the theoretical principles concerned with GAC will be discussed, however, it is important to first review its historical roots in SC and KC. The analysis also considers the relation of GAC to business ethics practice and business ethics education. Cosmopolitanism in the global age is different from the Stoic and Kantian cosmopolitanisms that have been endorsed by history. Although early business ethics literature and practice implied a lax or limited cosmopolitanism, today they must account for global institutions and rules that did not exist even 50 years ago, but which now regulate the international economy.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, global age, business ethics education, economic justice, Immanuel Kant, core countries, periphery countries, civic universalism, modernity, pluralism, environmentalism, business education, Stoics

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