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Another Cosmopolitanism

Seyla Benhabib and Robert Post


In these two lectures, the author argues that since the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, we have entered a phase of global civil society that is governed by cosmopolitan norms of universal justice—norms which are difficult for some to accept as legitimate since they are sometimes in conflict with democratic ideals. In her first lecture, the author argues that although this tension can never be fully resolved, it can be mitigated through the renegotiation of the dual commitments to human rights and sovereign self-determination. Her second lecture develops this idea in detail, ... More

Keywords: United Nations, global civil society, cosmopolitan norms, universal justice, self-determination, human rights, Europe, citizenship

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183221
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seyla Benhabib, author

Robert Post, editor
Yale Law School

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