This special issue of European Education honors one of the founding figures in comparative and international education, Professor Andreas Kazamias. Andreas has often described himself as a scholar of multiple identities: a Greek Cypriot; a humanist intellectual and Socratic “gadfly”; a moral reformer; a university professor of comparative education; and a founder and key intellectual shaper of the field of comparative education, among others. This special issue is a celebration of Andreas’s life and career, and the multifaceted ways that his various identities have touched and shaped the field of comparative education and generations of comparative education scholars and their ideas. The special issue includes contributions that explore, utilize, and build on key concepts and figures that Andreas has developed (such as paideia of the soul, the modern cosmopolis, and epimythion); it also includes contributions that reflect on Andreas’s tremendous impact on the lives of his colleagues and students, and reveal new facets of his identity, such as rabid American football fan. The introduction mirrors the diversity of contributions in the special issue, touching first on Andreas’s career as a professor in comparative education, then reflecting on traveling and thinking with Andreas, and finally describing the themes around which the special issue is built. It includes some of the key aesthetic materials around which Andreas has organized his work, and which he reminds us are essential to the construction of a “democratic homo humanus” and to the cultivation of the attitudes, dispositions, and virtues that make us fully human.
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