Needs and Global Justice

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 57:51-72 (2005)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this paper I argue that needs are tremendously salient in developing any plausible account of global justice. I begin by sketching a normative thought experiment that models ideal deliberating conditions. I argue that under such conditions we would choose principles of justice that ensure we are well positioned to be able to meet our needs. Indeed, as the experiment aims to show, any plausible account of distributive justice must make space for the special significance of our needs. I go on to offer some empirical support for this view by looking at the important work of Frohlich and Oppenheimer. I then present an account of our basic needs that can meet a number of goals: for instance, it provides a robust theoretical account of basic needs which can enjoy widespread support, and it can also provide an adequate framework for designing policy about needs, and thus help us to discharge our global obligations. I then briefly discuss the relationship between basic needs and human rights, arguing why the basic needs standard is more fundamental than—and required by—the human rights approach. Finally, I tackle a few important sets of objections to my view, especially some objections concerning distributing our responsibilities for meeting needs.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,923

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account.Gillian Brock - 2009 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press. Edited by Catriona McKinnon.
Concerns about global justice : A response to critics.Gillian Brock - 2009 - Journal of Global Ethics 5 (3):269 – 280.
Immigration and Global Justice.Christian Barry - 2011 - Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 4:30-38.
Basic needs, equality and global justice.Chris Armstrong - 2009 - Journal of Global Ethics 5 (3):245 – 251.
Cosmopolitanism with Room for Nationalism.Win-Chiat Lee - 2012 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 9 (2):279-293.
Gillian Brock, Global justice: a cosmopolitan account.Stan van Hooft - 2009 - Ethics and Global Politics 2 (4):369-382.
Gillian Brock.Global Justice - 2007 - In Daniel M. Weinstock (ed.), Global Justice, Global Institutions. University of Calgary Press. pp. 31--109.
Why global justice matters.Kok-Chor Tan - 2014 - Journal of Global Ethics 10 (2):128-134.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-09-02

Downloads
133 (#141,296)

6 months
12 (#242,841)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Gillian Brock
University of Auckland

Citations of this work

Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account.Gillian Brock - 2009 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press. Edited by Catriona McKinnon.
Basic needs in normative contexts.Thomas Pölzler - 2021 - Philosophy Compass 16 (5):e12732.

View all 22 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

Distributing responsibilities.David Miller - 2001 - Journal of Political Philosophy 9 (4):453–471.
If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich?G. A. Cohen - 2001 - Philosophical Quarterly 51 (205):563-565.

Add more references