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From Enlightened Positivism to Cosmopolitan Justice: Obstacles and Opportunities

Steven R Ratner

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0012
From Enlightened Positivism to Cosmopolitan Justice: Obstacles and Opportunities

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This chapter appraises Simma's methodology as a self-described ‘enlightened’ or ‘modern’ positivist and explores its connections to the vision of world order and global justice toward which it strives, but which, like an uncomfortable dance partner, it does not yet embrace. It discusses cosmopolitan trends for the positivist, and the problem of global distributive justice which is central to the cosmopolitan project.

Keywords: Bruno Simma; positivism; cosmopolitanism; global justice

Chapter.  8394 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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