David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Social Philosophy and Policy 23 (1):102-130 (2006)
The essay theorizes the responsibilities moral agents may be said to have in relation to global structural social processes that have unjust consequences. How ought moral agents, whether individual or institutional, conceptualize their responsibilities in relation to global injustice? I propose a model of responsibility from social connection as an interpretation of obligations of justice arising from structural social processes. I use the example of justice in transnational processes of production, distribution and marketing of clothing to illustrate operations of structural social processes that extend widely across regions of the world. The social connection model of responsibility says that all agents who contribute by their actions to the structural processes that produce injustice have responsibilities to work to remedy these injustices. I distinguish this model from a more standard model of responsibility, which I call a liability model. I specify five features of the social connection model of responsibility that distinguish it from the liability model: it does not isolate perpetrators; it judges background conditions of action; it is more forward looking than backward looking; its responsibility is essentially shared; and it can be discharged only through collective action. The final section of the essay begins to articulate parameters of reasoning that agents can use for thinking about their own action in relation to structural injustice. a Footnotesa Thanks to David Alexander, Daniel Drezner, David Owen, and Ellen Frankel Paul for comments on an earlier version of this essay. Thanks to David Newstone for research assistance.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist (2009). Moral Responsibility for Environmental Problems—Individual or Institutional? Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 22 (2):109-124.
Anne Schwenkenbecher (2013). Joint Duties and Global Moral Obligations. Ratio 26 (3):310-328.
Anne Schwenkenbecher (2012). Is There an Obligation to Reduce One’s Individual Carbon Footprint? Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (2):1-21.
Amy Allen (2008). Power and the Politics of Difference: Oppression, Empowerment, and Transnational Justice. Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 156-172.
Benjamin Powell & Matt Zwolinski (2012). The Ethical and Economic Case Against Sweatshop Labor: A Critical Assessment. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 107 (4):449-472.
Similar books and articles
Todd Calder (2010). Shared Responsibility, Global Structural Injustice, and Restitution. Social Theory and Practice 36 (2):263-290.
Henning Hahn (2009). The Global Consequence of Participatory Responsibility. Journal of Global Ethics 5 (1):43 – 56.
Roland Pierik (2008). Collective Responsibility and National Responsibility. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 11 (4):465-483.
Joan Woolfrey (2008). Group Moral Agency as Environmental Accountability. Social Philosophy Today 24:69-88.
Anne Donchin (2010). Reproductive Tourism and the Quest for Global Gender Justice. Bioethics 24 (7):323-332.
Jose Maria Lopez-De-Pedro & Eva Rimbau-Gilabert (2012). Stakeholder Approach: What Effects Should We Take Into Account in Contemporary Societies? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 107 (2):147-158.
Thom Brooks (2002). Cosmopolitanism and Distributing Responsibilities. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 5 (3):92-97.
Allison B. Wolf (2005). Can Global Justice Provide a Path Toward Achieving Justice Across the Americas? Journal of Global Ethics 1 (2):153 – 176.
Jacob Schiff (2008). Confronting Political Responsibility: The Problem of Acknowledgment. Hypatia 23 (3):pp. 99-117.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads305 ( #949 of 1,099,048 )
Recent downloads (6 months)19 ( #7,807 of 1,099,048 )
How can I increase my downloads?