Cosmopolite

from Greek κοσμοπολίτης, "citizen of the world"

Definition

noun.

A person at ease in any part of the world and/or knowledgeable in many subjects.

Cosmopolitanism and Kant (Yay!)

Cosmopolitanism is the philosophical ideology that all human beings belong to a single community based on shared morality. Someone who adheres to the idea of cosmopolitanism may be called a cosmopolitan or cosmopolite. In his 1795 essay Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch, Immanuel Kant states that ius cosmopoliticum (cosmopolitan law/right) is a guiding principle to protect people from war, and enforced this right by the principle of universal hospitality. Kant writes that the "use of the right to the earth's surface which belongs to the human race in common...would finally bring the human race ever closer to a cosmopolitan constitution."


Sources:

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. "Cosmopolitan Patriots". Critical Inquiry 23.3 (1997): 617-639. Web. 5 Feb. 2016.


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Sentences

Because of his adventures out from Eriador, Bilbo learned from many cultures and his friends (excluding the Sackville-Baggins) came to see him as a cosmopolite.


The elves are regarded as cosmopolites because they were the first and eldest of the Children of Ilúvatar and are considered to be the fairest and wisest race of Arda.

Synonyms

scholar, citizen, resident, inhabitant, urbanite

Antonyms

foreigner, immigrant, newcomer, stranger, Jar-Jar Binks

VIdeo

"Citizens of the world"


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Just for Fun

In June 2005, the Hubble Space Telescope found a newly formed solar system surrounding a nearby star, which they aptly called the "Lord of the Stellar Rings." →


Source:

Semeniuk, Ivan. "Hubble Spies Lord Of The Stellar Rings". New Scientist. N. p., 2016. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.