Global Justice: Defending Cosmopolitanism

Paperback | April 1, 2001

byCharles Jones

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What obligations do the world's wealthy people have to ensure that the world's poor achieve a quality of life that is recognizably human? This is the fundamental question of international distributive justice, and surprisingly a question that has been the subject of serious debate only in thepast three decades. Charles Jones outlines and evaluates the main competing moral perspectives framing these debates, assessing the relative merits of the utilitarian, human rights, and neo-Kantian perspectives before answering the nationalist, patriotic, relativist, and constitutivist challenges to moral universalism. Jones defends a form of cosmopolitanism involving a commitment to basic human rights, and provides both a guide to the state of the art in disputes about global justice, and a distinctive defense of the moral case for change in the international system.

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What obligations do the world's wealthy people have to ensure that the world's poor achieve a quality of life that is recognizably human? This is the fundamental question of international distributive justice, and surprisingly a question that has been the subject of serious debate only in thepast three decades. Charles Jones outlines a...

Charles Jones, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Distributive Justice and the International ContextPART 1. COSMOPOLITANISM2. Utilarianism and Global Justice3. Basic Human Rights: The Moral Minimum4. O'Neil and the Obligations of JusticeCOMMUNITARIANISM5. Patriotism and Justice6. Miller, Nationalism, and Distributive Justice7. Relativism, Universalism, and Walzer8. Neo-Hegalianism, Sovereignty, and Rights9. Conclusion

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`an important contribution to the literature.'Peter Sutch, Political Studies, Vol.48, No.4, Sept.00.