Global Egalitarianism

Lea Ypi

in Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593873
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731426 | DOI:
Global Egalitarianism

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This chapter focuses on the controversy between statists and cosmopolitans with regard to the principles of global justice. It shows how on issues of principle both tend to condemn the consequences of global poverty as self-evident moral wrongs without linking first-order normative commitments to an appropriately fundamental analysis of its causes. A different combination of these claims would provide a more appropriate analysis of the circumstances of global injustice. If relevant causal links between absolute deprivation and relative deprivation are established, the chapter concludes, the endorsement of sufficientarian principles in global circumstances of injustice leads to the justification of global egalitarian principles.

Keywords: nonideal approach; circumstances of injustice; egalitarianism; sufficientarianism; absolute deprivation; relative deprivation; causal principles; normative principles; poverty

Chapter.  7790 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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