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The Humble Cosmopolitan: Rights, Diversity, and Trans-state Democracy

Luis Cabrera


Cosmopolitanism is said by many critics to be arrogant. In emphasizing universal moral principles and granting no fundamental significance to national or other group belonging, it is held to wrongly treat those making non-universalist claims as not authorized to speak, while at the same time implicitly treating those in non-Western societies as not qualified. This book works to address such objections. It does so in part by engaging the work of B.R. Ambedkar, architect of India’s 1950 Constitution and revered champion of the country’s Dalits (formerly “untouchables”). Ambedkar cited universal ... More

Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, grounded normative theory, global democracy, human rights, global citizenship, global justice, Ambedkar, Brexit, UK Independence Party, Bharatiya Janata Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190869502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190869502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis Cabrera, author
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Griffith University