Dr Richard Shapcott
Presented by: Dr Richard Shapcott, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Queensland
This Paper sets out the case for a mutual cross-fertilisation of normative cosmopolitan thought and the field of comparative political theory. Its argument is that both are useful to the other if their primary claims are warranted. Comparative political theory needs coherence about what distinguishes its enterprise and makes it truly comparative across traditions and normative cosmopolitanism needs transcultural validation of its normative ideal of human community and moral universality. The cosmopolitan agenda exploring comparative views of inclusion and exclusion and universality in the context of a global harm principle provides the field in which the necessary cross fertilisation can occur.
Richard is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Queensland. Before joining the staff at the University of Queensland he taught at Monash, Bristol and Keele Universities (UK) and had been a lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University. Richard has also taught at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College (Canberra). He has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Melbourne and Latrobe University. His research interests focus on international ethics, cosmopolitan political theory and cultural diversity. He has published two books on cosmopolitanism - Justice, Community and Dialogue in International Relations (CUP 2001), and International Ethics : A Critical Introduction (Polity 2010). His current research is on the idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution and Cosmopolitan extraterritoriality and on the possibilities for employing Comparative political theory in cosmopolitan thought.
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