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John RawlsDebating the Major Questions$
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Jon Mandle and Sarah Roberts-Cady

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190859213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190859213.001.0001

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Rawls’s Reasoning about International Economic Justice

Rawls’s Reasoning about International Economic Justice

A Defense

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John Rawls

Gillian Brock

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Rawls’s reasoning concerning how to navigate issues of international economic justice. Rawls offers a sophisticated account that offers many significant insights. This chapter aims to highlight some of these. After outlining Rawls’s argument for his model aimed at offering substantial guidance in international affairs, the chapter covers frequently voiced key criticisms of Rawls’s views in this domain. It shows some of the ways in which Rawls, or rather those who would defend him, might address these challenges. In the process we come to appreciate the important insights that Rawls is able to offer. So this chapter argues that Rawls’s position on duties to address global poverty and his views concerning how to assist burdened societies to make the improvements they seek contain considerable wisdom that is not adequately acknowledged.

Keywords:   international economic justice, global poverty, burdened society, international assistance, duty to assist, effective assistance, institutions and justice, self-determination, relational egalitarianism, equality of peoples

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