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Embedded CosmopolitanismDuties to Strangers and Enemies in a World of 'Dislocated Communities'$
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Toni Erskine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264379

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264379.001.0001

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The Promise—and Limits—of Embedded Cosmopolitanism: Restraint, ‘The Enemy’, and the Problem of Incompatible Communities

The Promise—and Limits—of Embedded Cosmopolitanism: Restraint, ‘The Enemy’, and the Problem of Incompatible Communities

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Embedded Cosmopolitanism
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Toni Erskine

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264379.003.0007

This chapter discusses the promise and limits of an embedded cosmopolitanism position by placing it in the context of war. This is where popular particularist appeals to care and consensus have obvious and practical limits. It makes a specific reference to two prominent norms that relate to the conduct of organized violence, namely the prohibition against torture and the principle of non-combatant immunity. The chapter illustrates two extremes of an embedded cosmopolitan position and highlights how embedded cosmopolitan insights can help identify and avoid ‘traps of membership’.

Keywords:   embedded cosmopolitanism position, war, organized violence, prohibition against torture, embedded cosmopolitan insights, traps of membership

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