Springer Verlag (2018)

Alex Sager
Portland State University
This book proposes a cosmopolitan ethics that calls for analyzing how economic and political structures limit opportunities for different groups, distinguished by gender, race, and class. The author explores the implications of criticisms from the social sciences of Eurocentrism and of methodological nationalism for normative theories of mobility. These criticisms lend support to a cosmopolitan social science that rejects a principled distinction between international mobility and mobility within states and cities. This work has interdisciplinary appeal, integrating the social sciences, political philosophy, and political theory.
Keywords immigration  migration  political philosophy  borders  cosmopolitanism  nationalism  justice
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ISBN(s) 978-3-319-65758-5   978-3-319-65759-2
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-65759-2
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Toward a Political Philosophy of Mobility

The final chapter proposes that abandoning methodological nationalism means that an ethics of immigration is untenable. Rather, what is needed is an ethics of migration or an ethics of mobility that sees movement across state borders, movement within states, and movement to and from cities as raisin... see more

Critical Cosmopolitanism and the Ethics of Mobility

This chapter sets out criteria for a critical cosmopolitan account of the political philosophy of migration. It develops this account through an exploration of Matheiu Kassovitz’s film La Haine that follows three youth from the banlieue of Chateloup-les-Vignes in the aftermath of neighborhood clashe... see more

Sites, Systems, and Agents

This chapter continues the task of enriching the categories and considerations for an ethics of mobility. It insists that determining causality is central to identifying moral responsibility. It urges locating migration within broader trends of often inequitable social transformation. This requires ... see more

Breaking the Nation-State’s Spell

Once the bias of methodological nationalism is recognized, the next step is to describe the world in ways that do not unduly privilege the nation-state. This chapter offers resources from the social sciences that help us to break the spell of methodological nationalism. It surveys scholarship in tra... see more

Political Philosophy, Migration, and Methodological Nationalism

This chapter explains in detail the cognitive bias of methodological nationalism and shows how it has shaped much work in the political philosophy of migration. Methodological nationalism combines the assumptions of sedentariness, state sovereignty, territorial borders, and membership encouraged by ... see more


The bias of methodological nationalism has distorted how people understand migration. Methodological nationalists imagine the world as a set of homogenous societies bounded by impermeable national borders. Mobility within state territories is mostly unremarked, whereas mobility across international ... see more

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