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Imperfect Cosmopolis

Studies in the History of International Legal Theory and Cosmopolitan Ideas

Georg Cavallar

Imperfect Cosmopolis
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Georg Cavallar

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209 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780708323670 Published July 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780708323823 Published August 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

In current political debates, the term “cosmopolitanism” is often used in quite vague ways, as part of sweeping generalizations that might not hold up to closer scrutiny. Imperfect Cosmopolis aims to clarify the meaning of the term by approaching it from a decidedly historical perspective—distinguishing, for example, between types of cosmopolitanism and the development of the concept through the centuries.

Gideon Baker, Griffith University
“The range of Georg Cavallar’s reading into the history of legal and political thought is impressive in both its breadth and its depth. It makes Imperfect Cosmopolis a richly textured account of the formation of European cosmopolitan ideas that enlightens us to how varied and also how imperfect cosmopolitan visions have been. In providing us with this more nuanced account, Cavallar presents the cosmopolitan project itself in a more humble, and therefore somehow more attractive, light.”
Contents

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction
2. Vitoria, Grotius, Pufendorf, Wolff and Vattel: Accomplices of European Colonialism and Exploitation, or True Cosmopolitans?
3. British Enlightenment: the Triumph of Commercial Cosmopolitanism
4. Kant and the ‘Miserable Comforters’: Contractual Cosmopolitanism
5. Late Eighteenth-century International Legal Theory: from Cosmopolis to the Idea of Europe
6. Immigration, Rights and the Global Community: Pufendorf, Vattel, Bluntschli and Verdross
7. Conclusion

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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