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Cosmopolitanism and Distributing Responsibilities

Brooks, Thom



David Miller raises a number of interesting concerns with both weak and strong variants of cosmopolitanism. As an alternative, he defends a connection theory to address remedial responsibilities amongst states. This connection theory is problematic as it endorses a position where states that are causally and morally responsible for deprivation and suffering in other states may not be held remedially responsible for their actions. In addition, there is no international mechanism to ensure either that remedially responsible states offer assistance to particular states nor some level of accountability for causally and/or morally responsible states. I suggest that an intermediary theory of cosmopolitanism offers one way of overcoming these difficulties.


Brooks, T. (2002). Cosmopolitanism and Distributing Responsibilities. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 5(3), 92-97.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2002
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2012
Journal Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Print ISSN 1369-8230
Electronic ISSN 1743-8772
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 3
Pages 92-97

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