Kant's Cosmopolitan Law and the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution

Garrett Wallace Brown

in Grounding Cosmopolitanism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638819
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652822 | DOI:
Kant's Cosmopolitan Law and the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution

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This chapter outlines a Kantian form of cosmopolitan law and the legal system involved in a cosmopolitan constitution. In doing so, this chapter explores and discusses Kant's notion of cosmopolitan law, the idea of cosmopolitan right, the laws of hospitality and a revised Kantian approach to constitutional cosmopolitanism. The chapter argues beyond Kant's discussion of constitutionalism, suggesting that a written constitution not only articulates many of Kant's cosmopolitan concerns, but also provides a reasonable moral and legal foundation for an international society. The chapter focuses on the possibility of a cosmopolitan order based on jurisprudence, the necessity of a minimal consensus bound by constitutional provisions, and the corresponding legal obligations maintained by cosmopolitan law.

Keywords: cosmopolitan constitution; cosmopolitan law; Kant; cosmopolitan right; laws of hospitality; cosmopolitan jurisprudence

Chapter.  12043 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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