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    Tomsky, Terri 2015. Cosmopolitan Animals. p. 201.

    Rudall, Jason 2014. A Cartography of Cosmopolitanism: Particularising the Universal. Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 3, Issue. 3, p. 747.

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  • Print publication year: 2010
  • Online publication date: December 2010

1 - Cosmopolitanism in context: an introduction

Summary

This book deals with the strained relationship between cosmopolitanism as a moral standard and the real existing institutions in which cosmopolitan ideals are to be implemented.

Cosmopolitanism is an age-old normative ideal which contends that all kosmopolitês, all citizens of the world, share a membership in one single community, the cosmopolis, which is governed by a universal and egalitarian law. Martha Nussbaum describes such cosmopolitans as persons “whose primary allegiance is to the worldwide community of human beings.” This cosmopolitan notion of a common humanity translates normatively into the idea that we have moral duties towards all human beings since “every human being has a global stature as the ultimate unit of moral concern.” From ancient philosophy onwards, the cosmopolis has been portrayed as a perfect order, guided by divine or natural reason, and contrasted to actual men-ruled polises that were failing ideals of justice and law. Cicero, for example, described true cosmopolitan law as:

right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions … We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it.

In similar fashion, some contemporary cosmopolitan thinkers seek to ground cosmopolitanism on naturalist arguments, albeit with slight modifications and variations.

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Cosmopolitanism in Context
  • Online ISBN: 9780511761263
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511761263
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