Global Economic Justice, Partiality, and Coercion

  • Bruce Landesman
Part of the The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice book series (AMIN, volume 2)

My subject is global economic justice, the division of economic resources among human beings. Questions of non-economic justice involving rights to security, liberty of action, freedom of speech, religion, and political participation, will come into the picture now and then. But my central focus is economic justice.

Two liberal views about global economic justice are currently being debated by political philosophers. Cosmopolitanism holds that the most basic principles of economic justice apply directly to individuals across the globe, and require a just division of economic resources among all human beings. As Kok-Chor Tan puts it,

principles of justice ought to transcend nationality and citizenship, and ought to apply equally to all individuals of the world as a whole…cosmopolitan justice is justice without borders.

The other view—let’s call it Liberal Nationalism—holds that the most basic principles of economic justice apply to individuals only within particular societies. Economic justice is first and foremost about the division of resources within a sovereign state. It is ‘domestic’, rather than ‘global’. Principles of global economic justice exist, but they primarily focus on relationships among states, not among individuals.


Prima Facie Economic Inequality Relative Deprivation Economic Justice Special Obligation 
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  • Bruce Landesman
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  1. 1.University of UtahUSA

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