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Cosmopolitanism versus Non-CosmopolitanismCritiques, Defenses, Reconceptualizations$
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Gillian Brock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678426.001.0001

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Collective Agency and Global Non-Domination

Collective Agency and Global Non-Domination

(p.255) 13 Collective Agency and Global Non-Domination
Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism

Fabian Schuppert

Oxford University Press

One of the most common objections to strong forms of cosmopolitanism is the charge that cosmopolitanism is unable to properly accommodate claims to collective agency and collective self-determination below the world-state level. However, as this chapter argues, this criticism of strong cosmopolitanism is unwarranted, since cosmopolitans can and should promote collective agency and collective self-determination on the sub-world-state level. In fact, within a theory which sees the realization of people’s fundamental interests, which includes an interest in avoiding global domination, as the primary task of justice, cosmopolitans want to argue for collective self-determination and collective agency on a range of different levels, highlighting the fact that claims to self-determination are always social-relational claims, which need to be justified to all those whose fundamental interests are affected. Strong cosmopolitanism thus neither rejects claims to (properly conceived) collective self-determination, nor requires the creation of a centralized world state.

Keywords:   collective agency, cosmopolitanism, nationalism, non-domination, self-determination, world state

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