© 2005 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi) Book Reviews Kok-Chor Tan, Justice Without Borders: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Patriotism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 234 pp. ISBN 0521542324 (pbk). Hardback/Paperback. £40.00/£15.99. This clear and highly convincing book articulates and defends a plausible version of cosmopolitanism while providing an excellent overview of recent debates. ‘Cosmopol- itanism’, Tan begins, ‘takes the individual to be the ultimate unit of moral concern and to be entitled to equal consideration regardless of nationality and citizenship’ (p. 1). A major problem cosmopolitanism must face, particularly a strong cosmo- politanism such as Tan’s that is not content to seek a global economic minimum but wishes to address global inequality as well, is how to take account of special ties and commitments, particularly to one’s nation. It helps, first, to focus on the economic and social aspects of global justice. (Political justice is the subject of Tan’s earlier book, Toleration, Diversity and Global Justice [University Park, PN: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000]). One objection, that cosmopolitans are imposing ‘Western’ or liberal values on cultures that do not share these values, is to some extent defused by explicitly including economic and social justice in
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