Philosophical Studies 138 (3):349 - 365 (2008)

Authors
Pablo Gilabert
Concordia University
Arash Abizadeh
McGill University
Abstract
Samuel Scheffler has recently argued that some relationships are non-instrumentally valuable; that such relationships give rise to “underived” special responsibilities; that there is a genuine tension between cosmopolitan egalitarianism and special responsibilities; and that we must consequently strike a balance between the two. We argue that there is no such tension and propose an alternative approach to the relation between cosmopolitan egalitarianism and special responsibilities. First, while some relationships are non-instrumentally valuable, no relationship is unconditionally valuable. Second, whether such relationships give rise to special responsibilities is conditional on those relationships not violating certain moral constraints. Third, these moral constraints arise from within cosmopolitan egalitarianism itself. Thus the value of relationships and the special responsibilities to which they give rise arise within the parameters of cosmopolitan egalitarianism itself. The real tension is not between cosmopolitan equality and special responsibilities, but between special responsibilities and the various general duties that arise from the recognition, demanded by cosmopolitan egalitarianism, of a multiplicity of other basic goods. Indeed, even the recognition of special relationships itself gives rise to general duties that may condition and/or weigh against putative special responsibilities
Keywords Cosmopolitanism  Special responsibilities  Associative duties  Egalitarianism  Global justice
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11098-006-9046-z
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,172
External links

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

Is Patriotism a Virtue?Alasdair Maclntyre - 1984 - In Derek Matravers & Jonathan E. Pike (eds.), Debates in Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology. Routledge, in Association with the Open University.
Utilitarian Morality and the Personal Point of View.David O. Brink - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (8):417-438.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Practical Identity and Duties of Love.Berit Brogaard - 2021 - Disputatio 13 (60):27-50.
In Defence of Cosmopolitanism.Carl Knight - 2011 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 58 (129):19-34.
Falling Into the Justice Gap? Between Duties of Social and Global Justice.Christine Straehle - 2016 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19 (6):645-661.
Global Justice, Democracy and Solidarity.Pablo Gilabert - 2006 - Res Publica 12 (4):435-443.

View all 9 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Special Relationships, Motivation and the Pursuit of Global Egalitarianism.Patti Tamara Lenard - 2013 - Les ateliers de l'éthique/The Ethics Forum 8 (2):74-83.
The Demands of Global Justice.Kok-Chor Tan - 2013 - Oeconomia 13 (4):665-679.
In Defence of Cosmopolitanism.Carl Knight - 2011 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 58 (129):19-34.
Liberal Nationalism and Cosmopolitan Justice.Kok-Chor Tan - 2002 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 5 (4):431-461.
Egalitarianism, Ideals, and Cosmopolitan Justice.Gillian Brock - 2005 - Philosophical Forum 36 (1):1–30.
Relational Foundations for Global Egalitarianism and Cosmopolitan Inclusion.João Pinheiro - 2020 - International Journal of Philosophy and Social Values 1 (3):13-34.
Social Equality and the Global Society.Pierre Cloarec - 2017 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 14 (5):535-561.
Associative Duties and Global Justice.Jonathan Seglow - 2010 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (1):54-73.
Cosmopolitan Overflow.Pablo Gilabert - 2011 - The Monist 94 (4):584-592.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
229 ( #49,718 of 2,517,845 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #206,299 of 2,517,845 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes