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The State and Cosmopolitan Responsibilities$
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Richard Beardsworth, Garrett Wallace Brown, and Richard Shapcott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198800613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198800613.001.0001

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Political Community and Cosmopolitan Responsibility

Political Community and Cosmopolitan Responsibility

Sociological Considerations

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The State and Cosmopolitan Responsibilities

Andrew Linklater

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the social and political forces that have encouraged critical deliberations on the state’s immanent cosmopolitan possibilities over approximately the last three decades. It shows how expanding webs of human interdependence have confronted modern peoples with the problem of whether they can undergo the transition from national to post-national perspectives as part of their attunement to the realities of rapid, largely unplanned, and unpredictable global change which have created new opportunities for harming distant strangers. The inquiry considers the challenges in constructing compelling public philosophies (not least in the context of national-populist revolts) that can harmonize traditional state obligations to citizens with demanding responsibilities to other peoples, which are firmly embedded in cosmopolitan law.

Keywords:   political community, interconnectedness, national loyalties, universal attachments, process sociology

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