Anti-cosmopolitanism, pluralism and the cosmopolitan harm principle

Shapcott, Richard (2008) Anti-cosmopolitanism, pluralism and the cosmopolitan harm principle. Review of International Studies, 34 2: 185-205. doi:10.1017/S0260210508007985

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Author Shapcott, Richard
Title Anti-cosmopolitanism, pluralism and the cosmopolitan harm principle
Journal name Review of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2105
Publication date 2008-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0260210508007985
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 185
End page 205
Total pages 21
Editor N. Rengger
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject C1
160607 International Relations
1606 Political Science
Abstract For anti-cosmopolitan critics, cosmopolitanism is equated with the universalisation of a particular, liberal, account of justice and is therefore problematic for a number of reasons. The liberal principle ‘do no harm’ principle – and the cosmopolitan principle of humanitarianism, can be used to correct the depiction of cosmopolitanism as hostile to ‘pluralism’, to identify the universalism that is latent or undeveloped in much ‘anti-cosmopolitanism’, and to identify further means of reconciling these positions. A cosmopolitan harm principle argues that the absence of a universal conception of justice should not provide an obstacle to the recognition of an obligation to limit transboundary harms.
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