Global Justice: Defending Cosmopolitanism / Edition 1

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Overview

What obligations do the world's wealthy people have to ensure that the world's poor achieve a quality of life that is recognizably human? Charles Jones outlines and evaluates the main competing moral perspectives framing these debates, assessing the relative merits of the utilitarian, human rights, and neo-Kantian perspectives before answering the nationalist, patriotic, relativist, and constitutivist challenges to moral universalism. Jones defends a form of cosmopolitanism involving a commitment to basic human rights, and provides both a guide to the state of the art in disputes about global justice, and a distinctive defense of the moral case for change in the international system.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[Jones's] book is a well-argued and effective defence of a plausible, though demanding, position about our duties of justice in global society."--Canadian Journal of Political Science

"Jones provides the best overview of the Anglo-American version of this debate currently available; he sets out all the main positions with great clarity, and develops his own ideas....this is an excellent book."--Journal of International Studies

"The arguments of Global Justice persuade us to act differently in ways that would make a difference-significant to ourselves, life-and-death to many others. Throughout a long, intricate and often ingenious argument, Jones steers his preferred vision of cosmopolitanism through the many thickets and marshes of current philosophical debate."--David West, Ethics

"...an admirable book that will bring any reader up to speed on the debates prior to 2000 and provide sufficient background to engage with current debates."--International Criminal Justice Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242221
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Jones is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Table of Contents

1. Distributive Justice and the International Context
PART 1. COSMOPOLITANISM
2. Utilitarianism and Global Justice
3. Basic Human Rights: The Moral Minimum
4. O'Neil and the Obligations of Justice
PART 2. COMMUNITARIANISM
5. Patriotism and Justice
6. Miller, Nationalism, and Distributive Justice
7. Relativism, Universalism, and Walzer
8. Neo-Hegelianism, Sovereignty, and Rights
Conclusion

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