The Cosmopolitanism Reader

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Garrett W. Brown, David Held
Polity, Dec 28, 2010 - Philosophy - 480 pages
The world is becoming deeply interconnected, whereby actions in one part of the world can have profound repercussions elsewhere. In a world of overlapping communities of fate, there has been a renewed enthusiasm for thinking about what it is that human beings have in common, and to explore the ethical basis of this. This has led to a renewed interest in examining the normative principles that might underpin efforts to resolve global collective action problems and to ameliorate serious global risks. This project can be referred to as the project of cosmopolitanism.

In response to this renewed cosmopolitan enthusiasm, this volume has brought together 25 seminal essays in the development of cosmopolitan thought by some of the world's most distinguished cosmopolitan thinkers and critics. It is divided into six sections: classical cosmopolitanism, global justice, culture and cosmopolitanism, political cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitan global governance and critical examinations. This volume thus provides a thorough and extensive introduction to contemporary cosmopolitan thought and acts as a definitive source for those interested in cosmopolitan thinking and its critics.

See also David Held's Cosmopolitanism: Ideals and Realities.


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Editors Introduction
Kant and Contemporary Cosmopolitanism
Cosmopolitan Global Justice
Cosmopolitanism Nationality States and Culture
Cosmopolitan Politics
Cosmopolitanism Global Issues and Governance
Cosmopolitan Examinations and Critiques

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Garrett Wallace Brown is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield
David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at London School of Economics and Political Science and Visiting University Professor of Global Policy at the Central European University

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