Editor-in-Chief: Lawrence Hamilton, University of the Witwatersrand
Volume 63 / 2016, 4 issues per volume (March, June, September, December)
Subjects: Social and Political Theory, Literature, Philosophy, History
CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Turner and his Times'
What Does Cosmopolitan Justice Demand of Us?
In Cosmopolitan Justice1 Moellendorf carries on the work begun by
theorists such as Charles Beitz and Thomas Pogge,2 further developing
a cosmopolitan model of justice. Like Beitz and Pogge, he too
modifies the Rawlsian approach to support a model of global justice
that is more focused on individuals rather than states and proposes
much bolder principles that are to define just interaction at the international
level. Moellendorf also goes further than either of these theorists
has hitherto gone in showing how a cosmopolitan model of
justice could actually be applied to a range of pressing problems of
global justice (including immigration, protectionism, justified intervention,
debt cancellation, and dealing with the costs of global warming)
and this is one of the key strengths of the book. With the
exception of justified intervention, I will not discuss these applications
here, though Moellendorf’s treatments of all these issues contain
insights worthy of more attention. Rather, my focus in this paper will
be on some central theoretical aspects of what cosmopolitan justice
demands of us.