Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: Is it possible to be both?

In times of increasing political polarisation the divide between nationalists and cosmopolitans seems to be one of the major rupture points. Populists increasingly invoke old nationalist tropes, attempting to win elections by appealing to national interest and dislike of outsiders. Cosmopolitans—citizens of the world—are accused of being rootless “citizens of nowhere.” This lecture outlines the two positions and explains the appeal of each. The question to be considered is whether it is possible to be both a nationalist and a cosmopolitan—are the two really incompatible after all?

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  • the total duration of the event is 1 hour ( ~ 50mins lecture and 10mins Q&A)
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Doug Bamford
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SPEAKER – DOUG BAMFORD

Doug Bamford teaches short courses in philosophy and political economy with the University of Oxford. His main interest is in political philosophy and its application to public policy. He obtained his PhD in 2013 and became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in 2023. He is author of Rethinking Taxation (2014) and several papers and book chapters (including articles in the Journal of Applied Philosophy, Moral Philosophy and Politics, Problema, and Think). He blogs at Doug Bamford’s Tax Appeal.

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