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Spherical Justice and Global Injustice

Brian Barry

in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198280088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599927 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280084.003.0004
 Spherical Justice and Global Injustice

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Brian Barry examines the idea that the demands of justice in a given society can be ascertained by interpreting the shared understandings of the meanings of the goods that are to be distributed. Focusing on Michael Walzer's claims regarding the meanings of such goods as money, health, and leisure, Barry argues that for meanings to determine the uniquely right distributions, the criteria of distribution need to be built into the meanings. He criticizes the implications of Walzer's theory for thinking about global justice.

Keywords: distribution; global justice; health; justice; leisure; meaning of goods; money; shared understanding; Michael Walzer

Chapter.  5801 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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