Freedom, Recognition and Non-Domination

A Republican Theory of (Global) Justice

  • Fabian Schuppert

Part of the Studies in Global Justice book series (JUST, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Fabian Schuppert
    Pages 1-24
  3. Fabian Schuppert
    Pages 61-85
  4. Fabian Schuppert
    Pages 87-116
  5. Fabian Schuppert
    Pages 145-177
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-201

About this book


This book offers an original account of a distinctly republican theory of social and global justice. The book starts by exploring the nature and value of Hegelian recognition theory.  It shows the importance of that theory for grounding a normative account of free and autonomous agency.  It is this normative account of free agency which provides the groundwork for a republican conception of social and global justice, based on the core-ideas of freedom as non-domination and autonomy as non-alienation. As the author argues, republicans should endorse a sufficientarian account of social justice, which focuses on the nature of social relationships and their effects on people's ability to act freely and realize their fundamental interests. On the global level, the book argues for the cosmopolitan extension of the republican principles of non-domination and non-alienation within a multi-level democratic system. In so doing, the book addresses a major gap in the existing literature, presenting an original theory of justice, which combines Hegelian recognition theory and republican ideas of freedom, and applying this hybrid theory to the global domain. 

Fabian Schuppert creates a grand synthesis uniting neo-republican insights on freedom with Hegelian recognition theory.  The result is an account of agency that arises from the idea of non-domination whose aim it is to safeguard individual freedom.  When combined with Hegelian recognition theory a social focus also emerges.  This amalgam comments on many of the major disputes concerning global justice from a cosmopolitan perspective.  Because of the broad scope and the many contemporary discussions engaged this book will be of keen interest to scholars as well as a welcome addition to the classroom.

Michael Boylan, Professor and Chair, Philosophy,  Marymount University, USA

In this highly readable and imaginative book, Schuppert shows how a republican political theory can address the problems of recognition, identity, and non-domination. Moreover, Schuppert demonstrates that Hegel's political philosophy has continuing vitality for the 21st century as he applies it to contemporary policy debates on basic needs, human rights, and cosmopolitanism.

Robert Paul Churchill, Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University, USA


A Republican Theory of Global Justice Analysing Freedom & Autonomy Capabilities, Freedom and Sufficiency Capabilities, Rational Agency and Non-Domination Cosmopolitanism and Global Non-Domination Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Global Justice Democratic Practice and Politics Dispersing Power and Polycentric Politics Forms of Sufficientarianism Free Rational Agency Freedom Recognition and Non-Domination Freedom and Responsibility Freedom as Recognition Freedom, Autonomy and Recognition Freedom, Fairness & Equality Freedom, Recognition and Social Justice Hegelian Rational Agency Identifying with Collective Decisions Indexing Social Disadvantage Individual and Collective Agency Institutions for Global Non-Domination Legitimate Political Institutions Need-Based Theories Nussbaum on Needs and Capabilities Political Participation, Agency and Ossification Practices of Reason-Giving Recognition Non-Domination and Equality Republican Global Justice Rival Accounts of Interests Social Justice and Rational Agency Spectres of Communitarianism Sufficientarian Justice ecognition, Non-Domination and Equality

Authors and affiliations

  • Fabian Schuppert
    • 1
  1. 1.Queen's University Belfast Inst. for Collab. Research in HumanitiesBelfastUnited Kingdom

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