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Towards cosmopolitan learning

Introduction In recent years, much has been said and written about the idea of cosmopolitanism. In popular discourse, cosmopolitanism has come to refer to various elite modes of living made possible by the global mobility of capital, people and ideas, resulting in inter-cultural encounters of various kinds. In academic literatures, it has been used to articulate a set of principles with which to interpret and respond to the contemporary conditions of globalization. The idea of cosmopolitanism has variously been explored as a political philosophy, a moral theory and a cultural disposition. In each of these cases, this new interest in cosmopolitanism is based upon a recognition that our world is increasingly interconnected and interdependent globally, and that most of our problems are global in nature requiring global solutions.