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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678426.003.0013

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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