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ERIC Number: EJ793460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Epistemic Virtues and Cosmopolitan Learning
Rizvi, Fazal
Australian Educational Researcher, v35 n1 p17-35 Apr 2008
Cosmopolitanism is a worthy educational goal, perhaps more important now than ever before. Its possibilities, however, cannot be adequately realised unless people develop a different way of thinking about issues of global interconnectivity and develop in students a set of epistemic virtues with which they can critically explore the ways in which global flows are now shaping, and will continue to re-shape, both their identities and their communities--their life styles as well as their life chances. In a sense, the students born in the twenty-first century in many parts of the world will inevitably experience "actual existing cosmopolitanism" based on a consumer culture and unreflexive acceptance of the dictates of the global economy. This cosmopolitanism is unlikely to serve them well. In this article, the author argues that what is needed is a different kind of cosmopolitan learning with which to challenge the hegemonic understanding of globality and forge a different social imaginary of globalization, based on a somewhat optimistic conviction about the creative possibilities of continuous self-examination and transformation. This will require not only relational and reflexive understanding, but also a different ethic towards intercultural relations that denies that cultures are fixed and essentially distinct, and insists that the relation between self and others can only be understood dialectically, and hopefully in ways that are cooperative.
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Language: English
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