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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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We Are All Cosmopolitans Now

We Are All Cosmopolitans Now

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Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism

Michael Blake

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the concept of cosmopolitanism is no longer a useful one for political philosophy. While the moral universalism taken as essential to cosmopolitan thought was once controversial, it has now ceased to be contested; political philosophers now argue about how to understand the moral equality of humans, rather than about whether all humans ought actually to be regarded as morally equal. The chapter offers an historical account, moreover, as a possible explanation for why the term has taken on the specific meaning it has in recent political philosophy. On this account, it is comprehensible why modern self-described cosmopolitans would adopt the label; their opponents, however, have as much right to the term as they do. As such, the term itself is unlikely to be illuminating when used in political philosophy, and should be retired.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, equality, global justice, concepts, terms

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