The Cosmopolitanism Reader
The Cosmopolitanism Reader
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 <i>Cosmopolitanism: Ideals and Realities</i>.

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  • December 2010
  • 488 pages
  • 181 x 254 mm / 7 x 10 in
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Table of Contents

Editors Introduction
Garrett Wallace Brown and 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
Charles R. Beitz

International Society from a Cosmopolitan Perspective
Brian Barry

Cosmopolitanism and Sovereignty
Thomas Pogge

International Distributive Justice
Simon Caney

III. Cosmopolitanism, Nationality, States and Culture


Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism
Martha C. Nussbaum

What is Cosmopolitan?
Jeremy Waldron

Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
Kok-Chor Tan

Global Distributive Justice and the State
Simon Caney

IV. Cosmopolitan Politics


The Cosmopolitan Manifesto
Ulrich Beck

Principles of Cosmopolitan Order
David Held

Moving from Cosmopolitan Legal Theory to Legal Practice: Models of Cosmopolitan Law
Garrett Wallace Brown

A Political Constitution for the Pluralist World Society?
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


David Miller

The Problem of Global Justice
Thomas Nagel

On Cosmopolitanism
Jacques Derrida

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

Citizenship in an Era of Globalization
Will Kymlicka

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


About the Author
Edited by David Held, London School of Economics, and Garrett Brown, University of Sheffield.
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"Truly a reader's reader. Compared with other books of its type, it is unusually comprehensive, systematic and digestible."

"An excellent centrepiece for a graduate course on cosmopolitan thought and an excellent reference for graduate or undergraduate students seeking a single volume that draws together historical and contemporary cosmopolitan thought."
Central European Journal of International and Security Studies

"If you want to understand cosmopolitanism - and you should - this volume is the place to go. Brown and Held have brought together the most important contributions to understanding (and assessing) cosmopolitanism as a philosophical ideal, a political project, and a practical program. It is a great collection on an important topic."
Joshua Cohen, Stanford University

"Two distinguished scholars have assembled a remarkable collection of essays, classical and contemporary, that challenge us all to think through what it would mean for politics, culture and economy if the world were truly one and each individual was given his or her due regard as a citizen of the globe."
Michael Doyle, Columbia University

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