The Moral Problem of Assurance

Aaron James

in Fairness in Practice

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199846153
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933389 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Philosophy

The Moral Problem of Assurance

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This chapter argues that assurance problems may arise among morally motivated agents, and that these are of fundamental relevance for the political philosophy of “ideal theory.” It is argued that the question of global justice must take an international form, for lack of a sufficiently well-assured alternative to our basically international way of managing global-sized affairs.

Keywords: uncertainty; risk; assurance problem; human condition; moral motivation; moral opportunity costs; social practice; ideal theory; international system; cosmopolitanism; abstraction

Chapter.  9687 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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