Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Cosmopolitanism Reader

The Cosmopolitanism Reader

Ed. by Garrett Wallace Brown & David Held

(Polity Press, 2010)

488 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.

Contents [Preview here]

Editors Introduction
Garrett Wallace Brown & David Held

I. Kant and Contemporary Cosmopolitanism

Idea of a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose
Immanuel Kant

Kant and Cosmopolitanism
Martha C. Nussbaum

Kant's Cosmopolitanism
Garrett Wallace Brown

A Kantian Approach to Transnational Justice
Onora O'Neill

II. Cosmopolitan Global Justice

Justice and International Relations [Abstract]
Charles R. Beitz

International Society from a Cosmopolitan Perspective
Brian Barry

Cosmopolitanism and Sovereignty [Abstract]
Thomas Pogge

International Distributive Justice [pdf]
Simon Caney

III. Cosmopolitanism, Nationality, States and Culture

Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism
Martha C. Nussbaum

What is Cosmopolitan? [Abstract]
Jeremy Waldron

Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism [Abstract]
Kok-Chor Tan

Global Distributive Justice and the State [Abstract]
Simon Caney

IV. Cosmopolitan Politics

The Cosmopolitan Manifesto
Ulrich Beck

Principles of Cosmopolitan Order
David Held

Moving from Cosmopolitan Legal Theory to Legal Practice
Garrett Wallace Brown

A Political Constitution for the Pluralist World Society? [pdf]
Jürgen Habermas

V. Cosmopolitanism, Global Issues and Governance

Reframing Global Governance: Apocalypse Soon or Reform!
David Held

The Architecture of Cosmopolitan Democracy
Daniele Archibugi

Humanitarian Intervention: Toward a Cosmopolitan Approach
Mary Kaldor

The Environment, Global Justice and World Environmental Citizenship
Patrick Hayden

VI. Cosmopolitan Examinations and Critiques

Cosmopolitanism [pdf]
David Miller

The Problem of Global Justice [pdf]
Thomas Nagel

On Cosmopolitanism
Jacques Derrida

Can International Organizations be Democratic? A Skeptics View [Abstract]
Robert A. Dahl

Citizenship in an Era of Globalization [Abstract]
Will Kymlicka

A Comprehensive Overview of Cosmopolitan Literature
Garrett Wallace Brown & Megan Kime

Garrett Wallace Brown is Senior Lecturer, the Departement of Politics, University of Sheffield. He is the author of "Grounding Cosmopolitanism: From Kant to the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution" (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009).

David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, and Co-Director at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics. His books include "Models of Democracy" (Polity Press, 1987, 3ed. 2006) and "Cosmopolitanism: Ideals, Realities and Deficits" (Polity Press, 2010).

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