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Between Statism and Cosmopolitanism: Hegel and the Possibility of Global Justice

Brooks, Thom



Andrew Buchwalter


Some commentators on Hegel’s political philosophy have doubted the possibility of a Hegelian theory of global justice. The argument is that Hegel’s theory of international relations is classically realist in an extreme sense: not only is the state the locus of the highest sphere of political right, the only judge between states internationally is ‘history’ rather than any global institution. Thus, Hegel appears to quite radically reject cosmopolitanism and perhaps even the idea of global justice. This essay will sympathetically engage with critics in trying to convince them of another possibility. I will argue that we can uncover a clear theory of global justice in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right with clear connections with recent leading work by contemporary philosophers, such as David Miller and Martha Nussbaum. A Hegelian theory of global justice is possible and, I will try to argue, attractive.


Brooks, T. (2012). Between Statism and Cosmopolitanism: Hegel and the Possibility of Global Justice. In A. Buchwalter (Ed.), Hegel and Global Justice (65-83). Springer Verlag.

Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2012
Publisher Springer Verlag
Pages 65-83
Book Title Hegel and Global Justice
Keywords cosmopolitanism, global justice, Hegel, Miller, nationalism, Nussbaum, Pogge, realism, Singer
Publisher URL 10.1007/978-90-481-8996-0_4

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