Cosmopolitanism Versus Non-cosmopolitanism: Critiques, Defenses, Reconceptualizations

ISBN : 9780199678426

Gillian Brock
352 ページ
162 x 237 mm

The debate between cosmopolitans and non-cosmopolitans flourishes. Contributors continue to disagree over at least fourteen core issues analyzed in this work, including these questions: What is distinctive about a cosmopolitan approach to matters of justice? What does the commitment to the ideal of moral equality entail for global justice? Does membership in associations, especially national ones, matter to our duties to one another in the global context? Does the global economic order violate the rights of the poor or harm their interests in ways that require reform or redress? What is it to be a good "world citizen" and is this in conflict with local duties and being a good citizen of a state? To what extent are cosmopolitan and special duties reconcilable? Do cosmopolitan or non-cosmopolitan theories provide a better account of our obligations or a more useful framework for mediating the interests of compatriots and non-compatriots? This timely volume advances the discussion on many of the questions over which cosmopolitans and non-cosmopolitans continue to disagree. All the chapters explore new work and contribute to advancing the debate, and none has been published previously. Together, they demonstrate how nuanced and sophisticated some of the debate has become. The variety of topics that the debate encompasses suggests that mastering the issues is important to understanding much contemporary moral and political theorizing.


1. Rethinking the Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism Debate: An Introduction
2. We Are All Cosmopolitans Now
3. On the Relation Between Moral and Distributive Equality
4. Cosmopolitanism Without If and Without But
5. Cosmopolitan Justice and Rightful Enforceability
6. Is There Really a Human Rights Deficit?
7. Severe Poverty as a Systemic Human Rights Violation
8. For (Some) Political and Institutional Cosmopolitanism (Even if) Against Moral Cosmopolitanism
9. Cosmopolitanism: Liberal and Otherwise
10. The Social and Institutional Bases of Distributive Justice
11. Human Dignity, Associative Duties, and Egalitarian Global Justice
12. Worldly Citizens: Civic Virtue without Patriotism
13. Collective Agency and Global Non-Domination
14. The Cosmopolitan Controversy Needs a Mid-life Crisis
15. Concluding Reflections


Gillian Brock is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her most recent work has been on global justice and related fields. She is the author of Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account (Oxford University Press, 2009) and editor or co-editor of Current Debates in Global Justice, The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, Necessary Goods: Our Responsibilities to Meet Others' Needs, and Global Heath and Global Health Ethics. She has contributed extensively to journals, including Ethics, The Monist, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Social Philosophy, Analysis, Philosophical Forum, Public Affairs Quarterly, the Journal of Global Ethics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The Journal of Ethics, and Utilitas.