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International Development and Human AidPrinciples, Norms and Institutions for the Global Sphere$
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Paulo Barcelos and Gabriele De Angelis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414470

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414470.001.0001

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Justice in a Complex World: An Introduction1

Justice in a Complex World: An Introduction1

(p.1) Chapter 1 Justice in a Complex World: An Introduction1
International Development and Human Aid

Paulo Barcelos

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of global justice. Theorising about global justice starts by questioning the symbolic role classically attributed to national borders as not only physical and administrative circumscriptions but also frontiers demanding the contours of the groups of people that are included and excluded from a scheme of distributive justice, that is, from a system of rules and institutions designed to regulate the distribution of the benefits and burdens originated from social cooperation between the individuals that compose a given community's basic structure. Defenders of global liberal conceptions of justice employ two types of argument to justify the inclusion of all persons worldwide within the web of normative ties between persons that create duties of moral assistance.

Keywords:   global justice, national borders, distributive justice, social cooperation, moral assistance

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