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Boundaries of Justice: Beitz‘s Global Justice

Presentation for a Master Seminar in Political Sciences “Theories of Justice and Distributive Conflict in Capitalist Democracies” on University of Zurich, based on text:

BEITZ, Charles (1999). Political Theory and International Relations. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 127-176.


Beitz suggest that Rawl’s Theory of Justice should be used on international level. He argues, that under the veil of ignorance “the parties of the international original position would view the natural distribution of resources as morally arbitrary. … Therefore, the parties would think that resources (or the benefits derived from them) should be subject to redistribution under a resource redistribution principle.” (Beitz 1999: 138).

He further writes that cooperation in the current situation of international relations (globalisation) denies the presumption of nation-state self-sufficiency and creates benefits and costs, which would not exist in the absence of international cooperation. Therefore international relations resemble domestic society in aspects relevant to justification of domestic social justice and “the role of a principle of [global] distributive justice, then, would be to specify what a fair distribution of those benefits and burdens would be like.” (Beitz 1999: 152, text in brackets mine). Pokračování textu Boundaries of Justice: Beitz‘s Global Justice