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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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Cosmopolitanism Without If and Without But

Cosmopolitanism Without If and Without But

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Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism

Lea Ypi

Oxford University Press

Cosmopolitanism has recently been criticized for representing an insufficiently distinctive or insufficiently informative view to make a significant contribution to current debates on global justice. The chapter rejects this argument by analyzing two issues on which cosmopolitanism puts forward a uniquely demanding perspective. The first is the rejection of compatriot favouritism. The second is the idea that cosmopolitan obligations should be understood as obligations of justice, not charity. This entails committing politically to the establishment of a global political authority representing all states and enforcing cosmopolitan obligations in a fair, impartial, and consistent manner. Rejecting this commitment reveals an uneasy philosophical alliance between liberal statists and libertarians. Endorsing it implies favouring a non-concessive view of cosmopoltanism, without IF and without BUT.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, compatriot favouritism, kant, justice, charity, libertarianism

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