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Single Idea 20542

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

Cosmopolitans who claim that the same distributive principles should apply to all human beings seem to be denying that different states may make different judgements about how they want to allocate resources among their members.


'Cosmopolitans' see themselves as world citizens

Gist of Idea

Cosmopolitans reject the right of different states to distribute resources in different ways


Adam Swift (Political Philosophy (3rd ed) [2014], 1 'Social')

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.52

A Reaction

If you want to be a citizen of the world, you have to face up to the pluralistic character of cultures. Do you thereby want to be a citizen of both California and Saudi Arabia? Or are you actually just becoming a citizen of nowhere?