This paper develops a normative ideal of cosmopolitan friendship online. We first provide theoretical and historical background. Next, we articulate and defend cosmopolitanism as an important aspect of moral identity in a networked world. We then argue that developing a cosmopolitan character requires friendships that cross barriers, thereby forcing reconsideration of prejudices. The Internet provides ample opportunity to cultivate such friendships, but their development will most often require more than mere opportunity. Structured and self-conscious uses of the Internet, however, can foster cosmopolitan friendship. We conclude by placing the ideal of cosmopolitan friendship online in the context of stoicism.
|Title of host publication||Friends and Foes Volume II|
|Subtitle of host publication||Friendship and Conflict from Social and Political Perspectives|
|Editors||Máiréad Collins Máiréad Collins|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|