Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Henk ten Have


  • Rabee ToumiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_126-1


Cosmopolitanism is an old concept that was used in social and political theories to highlight the commonality among human beings as members of the same universal community. However, it was recently introduced to discuss the issue of health and moral responsibility for its disparities. This entry will start by briefly outlining the historical use of the term and its various connotations with the numerous contexts in which it was used. It will then highlight the central ideal aspired by cosmopolitan advocates. The entry will then focus on discussing the central themes of cosmopolitanism and its relevant objections in regard to global bioethics including responsibility, justice, and disparities in health and healthcare. The discussion will also unfold some of the global determinants of health and current practical approaches to address them.


Global justice Just health Citizenship Responsibility Equality Health disparities Determinants of health 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Healthcare EthicsDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA