The Morally Constitutive State

Toni Erskine

in Embedded Cosmopolitanism

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264379
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734410 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

The Morally Constitutive State

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This chapter discusses the idea of the morally constitutive state. It introduces the second point of theoretical opposition for embedded cosmopolitanism. This forms an approach to international ethics that was extracted from MacIntyre’s essay on patriotism; the approach is termed as communitarian realism. The chapter also addresses statist perspectives, namely the extended political liberalism, from which John Rawls champions his ‘Law of Peoples’, and the ‘constitutive theory of individuality’ of Mervyn Frost.

Keywords: morally constitutive state; embedded cosmopolitanism; international ethics; communitarian realism; statist perspectives; extended political liberalism; Law of Peoples; constitutive theory of individuality

Chapter.  19934 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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