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Cosmopolitanism is a way of being-in-the-world, first realised in ancient Greece, and a potential way of life. It envisages the human individual as a self-aware, reflective being endowed with specific capabilities and potentials. Moving beyond categories like nation, ethnicity, gender and religion, it prioritises two core aspects: the individual in it's own right, it's subjectivity and uniqueness - and the wider cosmos, the world at large, as the place of our embodiment. Beyond our own self we are part of the world as such, of the cosmos as the physical environment in which we and all other beings are rooted. There is a potential to develop a global just society, regardless of social or cultural affiliations if a cosmopolitan awareness is widely inculcated and becomes part of an everyday consciousness.

The Cosmopolitan Institute Heidelberg is associated with the Centre for Cosmopilitan Studies at the University of St Andrews. The Centre has a mission which is at once scientific – the study of the human – and ethical – the study of just human societies. In Heidelberg, a particular focus is on issues relating to worldviews and consciousness.

 

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