Cosmopolitanism as virtue

Van Hooft, Stan 2007, Cosmopolitanism as virtue, Journal of global ethics, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 303-315, doi: 10.1080/17449620701728014.

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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
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
DOI 10.1080/17449620701728014
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
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