Distributive Justice

Simon Caney

in Justice Beyond Borders

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780198293507
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602337 | DOI:
 Distributive Justice

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Having argued, in Ch. 2, that there are universal moral values, the next logical step is to ask what these universal moral values are; this question is pursued in Chs 3 and 4, which consider arguments for two different types of universal value and link together to provide an analysis of what universal principles of justice should apply at the global level. This chapter examines what universal principles of distributive justice (if any) should be adopted. It is arranged in 14 sections: Section I presents a conceptual analysis of the nature of distributive justice; Section II makes some preliminary points about the nature of cosmopolitan accounts of distributive justice and the general nature of the reasoning underlying these; Sections III–V then analyse three types of arguments for cosmopolitan principles of distributive justice, and Section VI reflects on these, and suggests and defends four principles of cosmopolitan distributive justice; Sections VII–VIII consider objections (counter-arguments) to cosmopolitan concepts of distributive justice, some of them outlined by John Rawls in his account of international justice and others by nationalist political thinkers such as David Miller; Sections IX–XI examine three nationalist claims about the nature of distributive justice, all of which emphasize the moral relevance of persons’ membership in nations, while Sections XII–XIII investigate two realist claims (XII–XIII). Section XIV sums up the findings of the chapter.

Keywords: arguments for cosmopolitan distributive justice; challenges to cosmopolitan distributive justice; cosmopolitan distributive justice; cosmopolitanism; David Miller; distributive justice; John Rawls; moral universalism; nationalism; realism; universal values

Chapter.  25164 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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