PRIORITY FOR COMPATRIOTS: COMMENTARY ON GLOBALIZATION
|KOK-CHOR TAN a1 1 |
a1 University of Pennsylvania
In his stimulating and provocative collection of essays, Globalization
Justice, Kai Nielsen (2003b) defends a cosmopolitan account of global justice. On the cosmopolitan view, as Nielsen understands it, individuals are entitled to equal consideration regardless of citizenship or nationality and global institutions should be arranged in such a way that each person's interest is given equal consideration. Nielsen's defense of cosmopolitan justice in this collection will be of no surprise to readers familiar with his socialist egalitarian commitments. Indeed, the internationalism underlying socialism, Nielsen would argue, naturally entails the cosmopolitan account of justice (e.g., chs. 5 and 6).
(Published Online April 18 2006)
1 This commentary was first presented at the mini-conference on “Global Justice,” at the Pacific APA Meeting in Pasadena, March 2004. I am grateful to members of the audience, my fellow panelists, Jon Mandle, David Reidy, and Kai Nielsen, for their own contribution, questions and comments. Finally, thanks to Richard Bradley for additional helpful comments and to Darrel Moellendorf.