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Fairness in PracticeA Social Contract for a Global Economy$
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Aaron James

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846153.001.0001

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The Moral Problem of Assurance

The Moral Problem of Assurance

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(p.103) Chapter Four The Moral Problem of Assurance
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Fairness in Practice
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Aaron James

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846153.003.0004

This chapter argues that assurance problems may arise among morally motivated agents, and that these are of fundamental relevance for the political philosophy of “ideal theory.” It is argued that the question of global justice must take an international form, for lack of a sufficiently well-assured alternative to our basically international way of managing global-sized affairs.

Keywords:   uncertainty, risk, assurance problem, human condition, moral motivation, moral opportunity costs, social practice, ideal theory, international system, cosmopolitanism, abstraction

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