chapter  3
Critical cosmopolitanism as a new paradigm for global learning
ByTAMMY BIRK
Pages 18

This chapter examines the problems and opportunities associated with global citizenship and globalization from the perspective of philosophical pragmatism, the only major school of philosophy to emerge from the United States. It only focuses on the facet of global citizenship that is more or less synonymous with cosmopolitanism: the idea that we should all think of ourselves, as citizens of the world. The chapter also assesses the policies of President Obama on issues such as diplomatic engagement in the Middle East and the increasing reliance on drone strikes as they are timely examples that illustrate what a pragmatist approach to foreign policy might look like. Finally, it argues that US foreign policy directed by a commitment to a pragmatist conception of global citizenship would not only satisfy the realist's demands for security as well as the idealist's insistence to preserve guiding moral values but would also offer a way to dismount the tiger of empire.