Introduction: the complexity of the debate on global justice

Pablo Gilabert

in From Global Poverty to Global Equality

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639717
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739033 | DOI:
Introduction: the complexity of the debate on global justice

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This chapter provides an articulation of the current debate on global distributive justice and identifies the main themes, aims, and theses of the book. Section 1.2 identifies three kinds of distributive principles: basic sufficientarianism, egalitarianism, and intermediate inclusion. Section 1.3 elucidates two types of considerations that bear on fixing the scope of application of distributive principles: moral desirability and feasibility. Section 1.4 illustrates the importance of distinguishing between desirability and feasibility considerations in the appraisal of global egalitarianism. Section 1.5 explains the distinction between humanism, cosmopolitanism, and globalism. Section 1.6 discusses the important, but often obscure, distinction between duties of justice and humanitarian duties. Finally, section 1.7 provides a preview of the main theses and arguments of the book.

Keywords: global distributive justice; sufficientarianism; intermediate inclusion; egalitarianism; desirability and feasibility; humanism; associativism; cosmopolitanism; duties of justice; humanitarian duties

Chapter.  11236 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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