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A Global Authority: Classical Arguments and New Issues

W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz


The world being one is a perennial dream of humanity. Since we are

a single species, ideally and logically, there should be all-embracing

justice and a better life for all. Should this vision come to pass, the

material, political, cultural, and religious differences among human

beings could be to at least some degree reconciled, and prospects for

lasting peace greatly enhanced. Threatened by unsolved world problems,

we might thus begin to consider the prospect of a global

authority, a political organization that would transcend the nationstate

and could bring about the unity of humankind, global justice,

and earthly peace. Like Thomas Magnell, we might start to believe

that ‘the predicament of vulnerability of nation-states calls for a

global authority with sufficient power to redress or prevent attacks

on themselves’.1 Accepting an elaborate argument of Alexander

Wendt, we might even come to think that such an authority and a universal

world state were inevitable.

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