PHI6009  Global Justice

2017-18 Outline:

This module is concerned with the analysis of questions of justice as they apply outside national boundaries, and will focus, in particular, on central questions concerning international distributive justice. For example, what, if anything, do the global wealthy owe to the global poor? Do we owe more to our fellow citizens than we do to those in other countries? Who should bear the costs of adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change? Are states under an obligation to open their borders to foreigners? Is there ever a duty to militarily intervene in cases where severe crimes against humanity are taking place? Is free trade fair? Should our consumption habits be governed by ethical considerations? Are we entitled to the natural resources discovered within our nation’s borders?

Preparatory Reading

Chris Armstrong, Global Distributive Justice, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Simon Caney, Justice Beyond Borders, (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Thomas W. Pogge, World Poverty and Human Rights, 2nd edition, (Polity Press, 2008).

Lectures - Spring 2018

Monday 11am-1pm - Broad Lane Block Lecture Theatre 11

This module is also available to undergraduates as PHI350.

If there are three or more postgraduates taking the module, a separate seminar will be scheduled for them.