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Institutions in Global Distributive Justice$
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Andras Miklos

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748644711

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644711.001.0001

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Rawlsian Justice and the Law of Peoples

Rawlsian Justice and the Law of Peoples

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(p.60) Chapter 4 Rawlsian Justice and the Law of Peoples
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Institutions in Global Distributive Justice
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András Miklós

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644711.003.0004

The chapter outlines John Rawls’ liberal theory of domestic justice. It highlights the problem of social justice as Rawls understands it, and describes the conditions necessary for grounding requirements of justice in the Rawlsian theory. Next, the chapter presents Rawls’s description and justification of principles for regulating the conduct of international affairs as developed in The Law of Peoples, focusing on some of his major objections to global requirements of distributive justice. It argues against Rawls’s reasons for rejecting the demand for international distributive justice by pointing out their lack of factual support and inconsistency with the main tenets of the liberal egalitarian theory of justice Rawls defends in his earlier work.

Keywords:   Rawlsian justice, Law of Peoples, cosmopolitanism, national responsibility, egalitarianism

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