Bruce Robbins is Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He is the editor of Cosmopolites and the author of Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Inequality. Paulo Lemos Horta is Assistant Professor of Literature at New York University Abu Dhabi. He is co-editor of the Everyman's Library Arabian Nights and author of Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights. Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. Among his many works are The Ethics of Identity (2005) and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006).
"This book, which draws from contributions from north and south, east and west, center and periphery, powerfully reveals the change that the cosmopolitan idea has undergone when globalization, with its dominations, liberations, transportations, inequalities, and hybridities, made it eventually a historical reality. 'New' cosmopolitanism is more intense, diverse, conflictual, ambivalent than the 'old,' but also more directly involved in the shaping of our common future--for better or worse. Cautiously, but distinctively, the voices heard in this most timely book speak for the better."-Etienne Balibar,author of Equaliberty