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New Perspectives on Distributive Justice

Deep Disagreements, Pluralism, and the Problem of Consensus

Ed. by Knoll, Manuel / Snyder, Stephen / Şimsek, Nurdane

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November 2018
Copyright year:
2019
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978-3-11-053736-9
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Assistance, Emergency Relief and the Duty Not to Harm – Rawls’ and Cosmopolitan Approaches to Distributive Justice Combined

Förster, Annette

Abstract

There are diverse ideas and conceptions of distributive justice with regard to the principles on the basis of which goods should be distributed as well as the methods to identify them.Whereas John Rawls in his domestic theory favours the difference principle as an element of the two principles of justice, in The Law of Peoples, he argues in favour of a duty of assistance when it comes to the international justice. Cosmopolitans have challenged Rawls’ reasoning. In this context, I substantiate two claims: 1. The duty of assistance is a suitable principle of international distributive justice. 2. Nevertheless, it is insufficient to regulate international distributive justice fairly and in need of augmentation. I introduce the duty of assistance, defend it against its critics, and argue that competing claims could reasonably substantiate each other.

Citation Information

Annette Förster (2018). Assistance, Emergency Relief and the Duty Not to Harm – Rawls’ and Cosmopolitan Approaches to Distributive Justice Combined. In Manuel Knoll, Stephen Snyder, Nurdane Şimsek (Eds.), New Perspectives on Distributive Justice: Deep Disagreements, Pluralism, and the Problem of Consensus (pp. 329–344). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110537369-021

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110537369

Online ISBN: 9783110537369

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