Appiah Essay

Topics: Osama bin Laden, Cosmopolitanism, Kwame Anthony Appiah Pages: 2 (624 words) Published: January 31, 2014

After reading the article “The Case for Contamination” by Kwame Anthony Appiah I realized that theres a lot going on out there in all these different countries. His major focus was on how all these different religious views play a major role in these cultures. He also goes more in depth on two major groups “The Cosmopolitans and The Universalist”, and even gives us his point of view on what he agrees on.

Religion played an important role in each of the communities he spoke about. The one that intrigued me the most was when he spoke about how Muslim woman really don't have equal rights as many of the woman in the West. He sets the example of how woman in the West are allowed to swim half naked and be around men, but if Muslim woman were to do that they would be severely punished. He also mentioned a t.v show that is completely legal to watch over there, yet if people in the community would act like it they would also be killed. Another culture he spoke about was how Chinese women practiced foot-binding for a thousand years and what once was considered beautiful became ugly and a type of disfigurement.

He gave us many examples of how cultures have changed/adapted their traditions to accommodate certain needs in todays lifestyle. He gives the example of how expensive it is to obtain certain textile materials in communities and sets the Ghanaians as an example, questioning if traditions should really have a price to authenticity ? He also speaks about how young college students in different societies have adapted to a new belief of thinking they deserve to talk to their father as a friend more than just a father figure. He mentions that shows like "Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" have influenced the way they see things. For example how if they love a woman they should tell them that way they know if she feels the same back. He also speaks about how the generations of the past were raised to be the men of the family and take upon...
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