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Political membership in the contractarian defense of cosmopolitanism

Ypi, Lea (2008) Political membership in the contractarian defense of cosmopolitanism. Review of Politics, 70 (3). pp. 442-472. ISSN 0034-6705

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0034670508000569


This article assesses the recent use of contractarian strategies for the justification of cosmopolitan distributive principles. It deals in particular with the cosmopolitan critique of political membership and tries to reject the claim that political communities are arbitrary for the scope of global justice. By focusing on the circumstances of justice, the nature of the parties, the veil of ignorance, and the sense of justice, the article tries to show that the cosmopolitan critique of political membership modifies the contractarian premises in a way that is both unwarranted and unnecessary. While failing to establish principles of global distributive justice, existing cosmopolitan adaptations of the social contract device simply weaken the method’s justificatory potential.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 09:53
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:40

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