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Global Justice without an end?

Tasioulas, John

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John Rawls argued in The Law of Peoples that we should reject any principle of international distributive justice, whether in ideal theory or nonideal theory. Instead, he advocated a duty of assistance on the part of well-ordered societies toward burdened societies. I argue that Rawls is correct that we should endorse a principle with a target and cut-off point rather than a principle of international distributive justice. But the target and cut-off point he favors is too undemanding, because...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTasioulas, John
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:14:21Z
dc.identifier.issn0026-1068
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/30200
dc.description.abstractJohn Rawls argued in The Law of Peoples that we should reject any principle of international distributive justice, whether in ideal theory or nonideal theory. Instead, he advocated a duty of assistance on the part of well-ordered societies toward burdened societies. I argue that Rawls is correct that we should endorse a principle with a target and cut-off point rather than a principle of international distributive justice. But the target and cut-off point he favors is too undemanding, because it can be met by assisting a burdened society to become a decent people. Instead, only a society that respects the right to an adequate standard of living, and not simply a right to subsistence, can be an acceptable target. Rawls is prevented from drawing this conclusion by a failure to disentangle issues of intervention and assistance, a failure bound up with his flawed, intervention-driven account of human rights in defining a decent people.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceMetaphilosophy
dc.subjectKeywords: Distributive justice; Duty of assistance; Human rights; International justice; Intervention; Self-determination; Standard of living
dc.titleGlobal Justice without an end?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume36
dc.date.issued2005
local.identifier.absfor080606 - Global Information Systems
local.identifier.ariespublicationa240288xPUB72
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTasioulas, John, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage3
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage29
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:04:40Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-61049090418
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