On Global Justice

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"Risse's new book is ambitious in scope and diverse in intellectual resources. In his explorations of the leading questions of international justice, he is admirably sensitive to the wide range of grounds—including common humanity and natural, social, and political relationships—that ought to shape the answers. His account of common ownership of the earth diversifies our historical resources as well, by putting Grotius's work to use in addressing deep, current controversies."—Richard Miller, Cornell University

"This book takes the global justice debate to the next level and sets a new standard for philosophical depth, practical relevance, and sweep of vision. Unrivaled in its scope, sophistication, and scholarship, this tremendous achievement marks a turning point in political theory."—Leif Wenar, King's College London

"This broad, comprehensive, and challenging book on global justice combines a critical survey of the recent literature with a new and provocative view that the author calls pluralist internationalism. There is no other recent work on global justice of comparable philosophical ambition or scholarly breadth."—Charles Beitz, Princeton University

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"Risse's On Global Justice is a definitive account of justice as a responsibility extending beyond national borders and international institutions to encompass all human life through shared experience and common humanity. . . . This book is likely to become a primary resource for theorists and participants in global policy and human rights institutions."—
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"The book . . . addresses questions of great importance and offers an original and challenging perspective on how to approach them."—Adam Hosein, Political Science Quarterly

"This is an important book. International economic lawyers sensitive to moral and political philosophy should not ignore it. Each of its chapters contains many significant insights. . . . Risse has made a significant contribution."—John Linarelli, Journal of International Economic Law

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691142692
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 988,485
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mathias Risse is professor of philosophy and public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Part 1: Shared Citizenship and Common Humanity

  • Chapter 1: The Grounds of Justice 1
  • Chapter 2: "Un Pouvoir Ordinaire": Shared Membership in a State as a Ground of Justice 23
  • Chapter 3: Internationalism versus Statism and Globalism: Contemporary Debates 41
  • Chapter 4: What Follows from Our Common Humanity? The Institutional Stance, Human Rights, and Nonrelationism 63

Part 2: Common Ownership of the Earth

  • Chapter 5: Hugo Grotius Revisited: Collective Ownership of the Earth and Global Public Reason 89
  • Chapter 6: "Our Sole Habitation": A Contemporary Approach to Collective Ownership of the Earth 108
  • Chapter 7: Toward a Contingent Derivation of Human Rights 130
  • Chapter 8: Proportionate Use: Immigration and Original Ownership of the Earth 152
  • Chapter 9: "But the Earth Abideth For Ever": Obligations to Future Generations 167
  • Chapter 10: Climate Change and Ownership of the Atmosphere 187

Part 3: International Political and Economic Structures

  • Chapter 11: Human Rights as Membership Rights in the Global Order 209
  • Chapter 12: Arguing for Human Rights: Essential Pharmaceuticals 232
  • Chapter 13: Arguing for Human Rights: Labor Rights as Human Rights 245
  • Chapter 14: Justice and Trade 261

Part 4: Global Justice and Institutions

  • Chapter 15: The Way We Live Now 281
  • Chapter 16: "Imagine There's No Countries": A Reply to John Lennon 304
  • Chapter 17: Justice and Accountability: The State 325
  • Chapter 18: Justice and Accountability: The World Trade Organization 346

Notes 361
Bibliography 415
Index 453

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