Grounding Cosmopolitanism: From Kant to the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution


This book explores Kant's cosmopolitanism and the normative requirements consistent with a Kantian-based cosmopolitan constitution. It explores and defends such topics as cosmopolitan law, cosmopolitan right, the laws of hospitality, a Kantian federation of states, a cosmopolitan epistemology of culture, and a possible normative basis for a Kantian form of global distributive justice.

Contrary to many contemporary interpretations, Garrett Wallace Brown positions Kant's cosmopolitan thought as a form of international constitutional jurisprudence requiring minimal legal demands against the extreme condition of establishing a world state. Viewing Kant's cosmopolitan theory as a minimal form of global jurisprudence allows it to satisfy communitarian, realist, and pluralist concerns without surrendering cosmopolitan principles of human worth and cosmopolitan law. In this regard, it provides a more comprehensive understanding of Kantian cosmopolitanism and the normative implications of this vision in contemporary international political theory.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2009


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