Cosmopolitanism as virtue

Van Hooft, Stan 2007, Cosmopolitanism as virtue, Journal of global ethics, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 303-315.

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Title Cosmopolitanism as virtue
Author(s) Van Hooft, Stan
Journal name Journal of global ethics
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Start page 303
End page 315
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 1744-9626
1744-9634
Keyword(s) cosmopolitanism
moral responsibility
virtue of justice
Summary This paper explores cosmopolitanism, not as a position within political philosophy or international relations, but as a virtuous stance taken by individuals who see their responsibilities as extending globally. Taking as its cue some recent writing by Kwame Anthony Appiah, it argues for a number of virtues that are inherent in, and required by, such a stance. It is critical of what it sees as a limited scope in Appiah's conception and enriches it with Nigel Dower's concept of 'global citizenship'. It then seeks to overcome a distinction that Appiah draws between a 'thin' moral conception of justice and a 'thick' ethical conception of our obligations to those with whom we have identity-forming relationships. It argues that a richer conception of the virtue of justice, as suggested by Raimond Gaita, can fully articulate the ideals of cosmopolitanism.
Language eng
Field of Research 220199 Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007806

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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