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The feasibility 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639717.003.0007
The feasibility of global equality

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This chapter considers the feasibility of global equality. Section 7.2 continues the analysis of the notion of feasibility started in Chapter 4 and presents a wide account of the feasibility test for principles of justice that takes dynamic variation into account. Common narrow accounts according to which, to be feasible, principles must be fully implementable in the here and now are challenged. Section 7.3 explains how considerations of fact are relevant to the formulation, justification, and scope of principles of justice. Section 7.4 offers a dynamic approach to the appraisal of transformational projects seeking the implementation of demanding principles. An analogy with the introduction of the welfare state in domestic settings is used, showing that a similar array of prudential and moral reasons can be operative at the global level. Section 7.5 concludes by applying the dynamic approach to processes of incremental reform approaching global equality

Keywords: global equality; feasibility; dynamic duties; transitional standpoint; accessibility; facts and principles; political empowerment; John Rawls; Robert Goodin; Aaron James

Chapter.  18266 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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