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Seyla Benhabib and Robert Post

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183221.001.0001

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Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations

Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations

(p.147) Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations
Another Cosmopolitanism

Seyla Benhabib

Oxford University Press

At the center of much of this chapter's disagreement with Jeremy Waldron is interpreting Immanuel Kant's doctrine of jus cosmopoliticum, which can be rendered into English as “cosmopolitan right” or “cosmopolitan law.” Kant's doctrine of universal hospitality opens up a space of discourse. The discourse of hospitality moves from the language of morals to that of juridical right. No matter how limited in scope the right of hospitality may be, Kant's three articles of “Perpetual Peace,” taken together, articulate principles of legal cosmopolitanism, according to which the individual is not only a moral being who is a member of a universal moral community but is also a person entitled to a certain status in a global civil society. Referring to “hospitality” as signifying all human rights claims that are cross-border in scope, may be more intelligible when viewed against the intentions of Kant's essay as a whole.

Keywords:   Jeremy Waldron, Immanuel Kant, jus cosmopoliticum, universal hospitality, morals, juridical right, Perpetual Peace, legal cosmopolitanism, human rights, global civil society

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