Globalizing justice : the ethics of poverty and power / Richard W. Miller.

by Miller, Richard W., 1945-Looking glass.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.Description: 341 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780199581986; 0199581983; 9780199581993; 0199581991.Other title: Globalising justice : the ethics of poverty and power.Subject(s): Globalization -- Moral and ethical aspectsLooking glass | Poverty -- Moral and ethical aspects | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | Globalization -- Economic aspectsLooking glass | Globalization -- PhilosophyLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 321-335. - Includes index.
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Combining deep moral argument with extensive factual inquiry, Richard Miller constructs a new account of international justice. Though a critic of demanding principles of kindness toward the global poor and an advocate of special concern for compatriots, he argues for standards of responsibleconduct in transnational relations that create vast unmet obligations. Governments, firms and people in developed countries, above all, the United States, by failing to live up to these responsibilities, take advantage of people in developing countries.Miller's proposed standards of responsible conduct offer answers to such questions as: What must be done to avoid exploitation in transnational manufacturing? What framework for world trade and investment would be fair? What duties do we have to limit global warming? What responsibilities to helpmeet basic needs arise when foreign powers steer the course of development? What obligations are created by uses of violence to sustain American global power?Globalizing Justice provides new philosophical foundations for political responsibility, a unified agenda of policies for responding to major global problems, a distinctive appraisal of 'the American empire', and realistic strategies for a global social movement that helps to move humanity towardgenuine global cooperation.

Bibliography: pages 321-335. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Kindness and Its Limits
  • 2 Compatriots and Strangers
  • 3 Globalization Moralized
  • 4 Global Harm and Global Equity -- The Case of Greenhouse Justice
  • 5 Modern Empire
  • 6 Empire and Obligation
  • 7 Imperial Excess
  • 8 Quasi-Cosmopolitanism
  • 9 Global Social Democracy

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Rather than grounding duties to the world's disadvantaged in general beneficence or culpability for harm based in economic interdependence, Miller (philosophy, Cornell Univ.) develops a novel and compelling theory of global justice that is based in transnational interactions that affect the foreign poor. These include economic exploitation, the imposition of inequitable trade agreements, negligence for climate-related harm, and imperial domination. He is especially concerned to go beyond ethical cosmopolitan "extrapolations" of moral duties to disadvantaged compatriots in order to justify a more robust account of responsibilities toward the global disadvantaged than he argues is possible from within the frameworks of other leading approaches. Miller's analysis is particularly effective at situating ethical claims for remedial responsibility within a richly described context of recent developments in international development policy, global climate change mitigation efforts, and US foreign policy, giving urgency to the issues he details and applicability to the principles he develops. While the "quasi-cosmopolitanism" that he endorses does not stray far from the liberal egalitarian commitments that define the field, Miller's careful, wde-ranging analysis offers a worthy addition to other recent contributions to scholarly literatures on transnational power and global justice. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. S. Vanderheiden University of Colorado at Boulder

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Richard Miller is Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.