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Global JusticeA Cosmopolitan Account$
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Gillian Brock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230938.001.0001

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The Debate about Rawls's Law of Peoples: Critics and Defences

The Debate about Rawls's Law of Peoples: Critics and Defences

(p.19) 2 The Debate about Rawls's Law of Peoples: Critics and Defences
Global Justice

Gillian Brock (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

John Rawls' highly influential work, The Law of Peoples, dominates discussion of what our responsibilities are in the global domain. After a concise account of The Law of Peoples, this chapter discusses the debate between defenders and critics of John Rawls' approach. The critical responses covered include those offered by Thomas Pogge, Rainer Forst, Andrew Kuper, Amartya Sen, Darrel Moellendorf, and James Nickels. Defenses discussed include those of Samuel Freeman, Joseph Heath, Leif Wenar, David Reidy, and Rex Martin. Though proponents of Rawls' views can accommodate several lines of criticism, Rawls remains vulnerable on others, if he is aiming to present a vision of global justice that can lay claim to the title of “realistic utopia”.

Keywords:   Rawls, Law of Peoples, Pogge, Sen, Moellendorf, Nickels, Freeman, Wenar, Reidy, realistic utopia

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