The trinity of comopolitanism

The purpose of this paper is to offer a general account of cosmopolitanism. Doing so, it explores five commitments of present cosmopolitanism, modeled after Kantian cosmopolitanism, and is championed by many philosophers including Jürgen Habermas and various others. These five commitments are: the commitments to the principle of human rights, to the rule of law, to the idea of democracy, to the norm of inclusion, and to the ideal of humanity. In whole, these five commitments aim at the trinity of a cosmopolitan project: global justice, global humanity, and global democracy. It therefore demarcates the project of cosmopolitanism from that of communism. The essay also explores the dual ethical obligation of an individual person as both a citizen of a nation-state and a world citizen.


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