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Ethics of World Citizens: Kantian Cosmopolitanism

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dc.contributor.advisor Simpson, Lorenzo C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lee, Eunah en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-22T17:35:00Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:45:45Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-22T17:35:00Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:45:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier Lee_grad.sunysb_0771E_10791 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/59746 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/71061 en_US
dc.description 186 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract The goal of this dissertation is to defend the Kantian cosmopolitan ideal in the context of contemporary debate about global ethics. Kant's cosmopolitanism has been criticized for its sharp dualism between morality and legality, which deprives it of the very potential for a practical project toward perpetual peace that it promises. This line of objection, famously raised by Hegel, enables a competing conception of cosmopolitanism. Although Hegel's situated or rooted conception of self and state provides us with relevant resources, Kant's ideal cannot or should not be replaced by Hegelian principles. An adequate appropriation of Kant's espousal of cosmopolitan rights that has been modified to accommodate Hegelian insights ought to endorse global efforts to economically and politically empower vulnerable global citizens in our time. At the end of the 20th century, John Rawls drew a sharp distinction between domestic and global justice under the banner of "realistic utopianism." However, a form of cosmopolitan vision seems inevitable even to correct forms of profound domestic injustice. Drawing on Amartya Sen's work, this dissertation instead examines a conception of development that may eschew charges of metaphysical as well as political imperialism. A defense of Kantian cosmopolitan principles requires, in turn, a closer examination of a so-called chasm between moral universalism and political inegalitarianism implied in Kant's work. Revisiting recent debates on Kant's racism invites us to think that a cosmopolitan responsibility suggests not only the need to ensure formal rights of global others, but also the urgency to nurture our emotions toward these others. In short, the moderate cosmopolitanism that this dissertation endorses as the most suitable principle of global ethics has a Kantian face with a Humean heart across and inside borders. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethics--Philosophy en_US
dc.subject.other cosmopolitanism, development, global ecomomic equality, Hegel, Kant, race and racism en_US
dc.title Ethics of World Citizens: Kantian Cosmopolitanism en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Edwards, Jeff en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Kittay, Eva F.Pinkard, Terry. en_US

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