World Citizenship and Government

Cosmopolitan Ideas in the History of Western Political Thought
Author(s): 
Heater, Derek
ISBN: 
0333602315
Date published: 
June 1996
Hardback
Price: 
£40.00
Pages: 
280

The Stoics, Dante, the philosophers of the Enlightenment, H.G. Wells, world federalists, would-be reformers of the United Nations, and many others have all thought, albeit in very different ways, in cosmopolitan or world terms. This book traces the history of western political thinking about world citizenship and the world state. It analyses the manifold forms in which the basic concept of a world polity has been expounded and shows that, despite objections to the very notion and its failure to be implemented, it still remains a potent ideal.