Duties and responsibilities towards the poor

Res Publica 14 (1):1-18 (2008)
Thomas Pogge has argued that we have strong negative duties to assist the global poor because we harm them through our contribution to the global economic order. I argue that Pogge’s concept of harm is indeterminate. The resources of any group will typically be affected by at least two economic schemes. Pogge suggests that the responsibility for any affected group’s shortfall from a minimum standard ought to be shared between the contributing schemes. I argue that shared responsibility can be interpreted in two different ways. Unfortunately, both interpretations are problematic. Lastly, I suggest a strategy for amending this problem.
Keywords Distributive justice  Global economic schemes  Harm  International justice  Negative duties  Thomas Pogge  Positive duties  Sufficiency
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-008-9047-1
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John Rawls (1999). The Law of Peoples. Harvard University Press.
Thomas Pogge (2005). World Poverty and Human Rights. Ethics and International Affairs 19 (1):1–7.

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