Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Moral Cosmopolitanism

  • Alyssa R. Bernstein
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_329

Cosmopolitan political theorists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, who write about the injustice of current international or global economic, environmental, political, legal, and/or social conditions, commonly base their arguments on one or another form of moral cosmopolitanism, or more precisely, on some conception(s) of morality belonging to that category. All cosmopolitan conceptions of morality hold that all human beings are morally important and must be properly taken into account in practical deliberations about any actions (especially lawmaking and policymaking) that may significantly affect anyone’s vital, fundamental, or otherwise important interests. Theorists who use the term “moral cosmopolitanism” may contrast it to “cosmopolitanism about institutions” (Beitz 1979/1999), or to “political,” “cultural,” and “economic” cosmopolitanism (Kleingeld and Brown 2006), or to “legal” and “social justice” cosmopolitanism (Pogge 2007). Other theorists may...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alyssa R. Bernstein
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyOhio UniversityAthensUSA