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Cosmopolitanism: Liberal and Otherwise

35 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2012 Last revised: 21 Mar 2012

David A. Reidy

University of Tennessee - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: February 3, 2012


This paper critically examines the familiar claim that the view John Rawls sets out in his The Law of Peoples is not really a cosmopolitan view. It develops Rawls's view as a coherent and attractive liberal cosmopolitanism and suggests that cosmopolitans not drawn to it ought to come clean about the extent to which they have abandoned some key liberal, or at least Rawlsian liberal, commitments.

Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, liberalism, global justice, toleration

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Reidy, David A., Cosmopolitanism: Liberal and Otherwise (February 3, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

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