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Grounding CosmopolitanismFrom Kant to the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution$
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Garrett Wallace Brown

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638819

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638819.001.0001

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Distributive Justice and the Capability for Effective Autonomy

Distributive Justice and the Capability for Effective Autonomy

(p.149) Chapter 5 Distributive Justice and the Capability for Effective Autonomy
Grounding Cosmopolitanism

Garrett Wallace Brown

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter attempts to derive some key normative principles inherent in a Kantian scheme of distributive justice. To do so, this chapter looks at Kant's conception of external freedom and social welfare, relating them to a cosmopolitan concern for global justice. It argues that Kant's freedom of autonomy (co-legislation) demands a robust theory of distributive justice in order to provide a political environment that supports the effective autonomy of individuals in a hypothetical kingdom of ends. The chapter further explores a possible relationship with Martha Nussbaum's capability theory, suggesting that Kant's distributive principles might be best expressed through a form of the capability approach. Lastly, the chapter draws connections between contemporary cosmopolitan arguments for global justice and Kant's overall cosmopolitan concerns.

Keywords:   distributive justice, Kant, external freedom, social welfare, global justice, effective autonomy, Martha Nussbaum, capability theory

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