A humanist defense of global equality

Pablo Gilabert

in From Global Poverty to Global Equality

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639717
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739033 | DOI:
A humanist defense of global equality

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This chapter provides a defense of humanist global egalitarianism. Section 6.1 presents the humanist approach to global equality, explaining how we can move from commitment to the Cosmopolitan Idea of Moral Equality and Cosmopolitan Justifiability to the endorsement of some global egalitarian distributive principles without appealing to associativist grounds. The section further supports the plausibility of the humanist egalitarian approach by showing how it can successfully address considerations about responsibility, special relationships, and political self-determination. It also addresses the difficult issue of the appropriate metric of humanist egalitarian distribution. Section 6.2 further develops and defends the humanist approach to global equality by considering several important objections to it.

Keywords: global egalitarianism; cosmopolitanism; humanism; associativism; cosmopolitan overflow; responsibility; political self-determination; metric of global equality; David Miller; Thomas Nagel

Chapter.  19746 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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