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Who ought to do what, and for whom, if global justice is to progress? In this collection of essays on justice beyond borders, Onora O'Neill criticises theoretical approaches that concentrate on rights, yet ignore both the obligations that must be met to realise those rights, and the capacities needed by those who shoulder these obligations. She notes that states are profoundly anti-cosmopolitan institutions, and that even those committed to justice and universal rights often lack the competence and the will to secure them, let alone to secure them beyond their borders. She argues for a wider conception of global justice, in which obligations may be held either by states or by competent non-state actors, and in which borders themselves must meet standards of justice. This rich and wide-ranging collection will appeal to a broad array of academic researchers and advanced students of political philosophy, political theory, international relations and philosophy of law.Read more
- Offers an answer to the question of who ought to do what if global justice is to progress, proposing an adequate framework for practical and political claims about global justice
- Challenges the claim that global justice must be delivered solely by bounded states
- Argues that global justice requires an approach that crosses state boundaries, and discusses the conditions needed both for action and for justifications of action to reach across borders
Reviews & endorsements
"Onora O'Neill combines the most rigorous philosophical thinking with a rare capacity for judgment in order to address some of the deepest challenges of our age. Her essays are essential reading not only for philosophers and political theorists but for all those concerned about the prospects of justice on our planet."
John Tasioulas, King's College LondonSee more reviews
"Onora O'Neill's moral and political philosophy has guided generations of scholars, practitioners and policy makers. This collection of important papers displays the integrity, rigour, breadth and arc of her thought over four decades. One cannot read this definitive work without concluding that she has torn down false boundaries and built firmer foundations for justice in a world of increasing complexity."
Andrew Kuper, Founder, LeapFrog Investments
"A distinguished philosopher with a deep understanding of the real world of politics and professional practice, Onora O'Neill has been enriching and guiding our discourses on justice for over forty years. Amply demonstrating her practical wisdom and sound judgment, this wonderful collection displays her intellectual trajectory and the central insights that unify her thinking about human rights and responsibilities."
Thomas Pogge, Yale University
"Onora O'Neill combines the most rigorous philosophical thinking with a rare capacity for judgement in order to address some of the deepest challenges of our age. Her essays are essential reading, not only for philosophers and political theorists but for all those concerned about the prospects of justice on our planet."
John Tasioulas, King's College London
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- Date Published: February 2016
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107538177
- length: 249 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Hunger across Boundaries:
1. Lifeboat Earth
2. Rights, obligations and world hunger
3. Rights to compensation
Part II. Justifications across Boundaries:
4. Justice and boundaries
5. Ethical reasoning and ideological pluralism
6. Bounded and cosmopolitan justice
7. Pluralism, positivism and the justification of human rights
Part III. Action across Boundaries:
8. From Edmund Burke to twenty-first-century human rights: abstraction, circumstances and globalisation
9. From statist to global conceptions of justice
10. Global justice: whose obligations?
11. Agents of justice
12. The dark side of human rights
Part IV. Health across Boundaries:
13. Public health or clinical ethics: thinking beyond borders
14. Broadening bioethics: clinical ethics, public health and global health
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