From Library Journal
Hill (Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville) explores the ethical and philosophical implications of tribalism (ethnic, racial, and national) on society. He argues, "A world that naturalizes whiteness has to maintain racial categories as natural dividers. Such a world is not a morally healthy world for persons of color, nor is it a morally healthy world for whites." Further, "The new millennium has opened against a backdrop of continued racial, ethnic, and nationalistic tensions, or escalating tribalism." Hill calls for a new morality and view of the self--moral cosmopolitanism, which rejects tribalism in favor of an all-encompassing view of the community of humankind. Hill's points are well argued and expertly written, but the sometimes esoteric nature of the book makes it most appropriate for a scholarly audience. This fairly radical approach to multiculturalism is an excellent addition to the collection of any academic library.-Mark Bay, Univ. of Houston Libs.
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The fire of individual freedom that burns for Nietzsche, John Stuart Mill, Dewey, and Sartre now sheds light in Jason Hill's Becoming a Cosmopolitan. Hill develops pragmatic, existentialist, and narrative accounts of how we can choose and make ourselves, despite prefabricated racial, ethnic and national identities.
(Naomi Zack,, Department of Philosophy, State University of New York at Albany)Impressive study. . . . Becoming a Cosmopolitan is a scholarly treatise on the development of human personality, written from the perspective of a philosopher who has made a thorough analysis of the subject. As an erudite and articulate advocate of the cosmopolitan life, he takes us on an intellectual journey through the realm of philosophy, examining the writings of philosophers ancient and modern on such profound and fundamental issues as the development of self and the process of becoming something better and nobler.
(Jamaica Gleaner, July 16, 2000
)This is a richly insightful book whose essay-like philosophical argument is embedded in the barest sketch of a potent biography—one that describes the author's emigration from Jamaica to the United States. The argument is provocative.
(Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
)An ontological rebel rejecting the categories that limit our freedom, embracing a morality of becoming, arguing for the merit of forgetting, Hill offers us a new moral imagination.
(Leonard Harris, Purdue University)