While supporting the cosmopolitan pursuit of a world that
respects all rights and interests, James D. Ingram believes
political theorists have, in their approach to this project,
compromised its egalitarian and emancipatory principles. Focusing
on recent debates without losing sight of cosmopolitanism's ancient
and Enlightenment roots, Ingram confronts the philosophical
difficulties of defending universal ideals and the implications for
ethics and political theory.
In morality as in politics, theorists have generally focused
first on discovering universal values and second on their
implementation. Ingram argues that only by prioritizing the
development and articulation of universal values through political
action in the fight for freedom and equality can theorists do
justice to these efforts and cosmopolitanism's universal vocation.
Only by proceeding from the local to the global, from the bottom up
rather than from the top down, on the basis of political practice
rather than moral ideals, can we salvage moral and political
universalism. In this book, Ingram provides the clearest, most
systematic account yet of this schematic reversal and its radical
Subjects: Political Science, Philosophy
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