'A lucid, comprehensive analysis of normative approaches to international relations, and an original contribution to critical theory' - Andrew Linklater, University of Keele `Hutchings combines a valuable account of the current state of the art with a lucid expositon of her own, highly distinctive, position. This will be required reading for students in international political theory, and indeed anyone interested in normative issues in international relations' - Chris Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science Providing an invaluable overview of the competing schools of thought in traditional and contemporary international theory, this book

Political Cosmopolitanism

Political cosmopolitanism


Cosmopolitanism has been under consideration as one of the approaches to normative international theory throughout this book. We have come across it in various guises, in Kantian, utilitarian, contractarian, Marxist and critical theoretical forms. In general, however, we have been examining moral cosmopolitanism as opposed to political. That is to say, the focus has been on cosmopolitanism as a framework for moral judgement rather than as a prescriptive framework for world order – although clearly the former has always had implications for the latter. There is no necessary connection between cosmopolitanism in its moral and political variants: moral cosmopolitans may endorse the state system, just as Hobbesian realists may ...

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