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Natural Duties of Justice in a World of States

Meckled-García, S; (2018) Natural Duties of Justice in a World of States. Journal of Applied Philosophy , 35 (1) pp. 70-89. 10.1111/japp.12264. Green open access

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Abstract

The agency objection to applying distributive justice globally is that principles of distributive justice need to apply to the behaviour of a special kind of institutional agent of distributive justice because of the special powers of that agent. No such agent exists capable of configuring cooperative arrangements between all persons globally, and so distributive justice does not apply globally. One response to institutional views of this kind is that it does not rule out Natural Duties of Justice that fall on all of us to bring about institutional agencies capable of global distributive justice. In this paper I argue that this move presupposes a particular, teleological, conception of justice whilst institutional accounts most plausibly rest on a non-teleological one. I provide an argument for favouring the non-teleological conception. I also show why alternative ways of arguing for global Natural Duties of Justice do not get around this controversy. The debate is at the level of presuppositions about justice, and relying on a partisan conception is question begging.

Type: Article
Title: Natural Duties of Justice in a World of States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/japp.12264
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/japp.12264
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1535443
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