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Nationalism and Global Justice
David Miller and His Critics

ISBN 9780415849678
Published April 9, 2013 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Previously published as a special issue of the Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, this collection brings together some of the most influential political contemporary philosophers to present a critical review of David Miller’s co-national priority thesis and give a state-of-the-art overview of the prevailing positions on nationalism and global justice within political philosophy today.

The redistribution schemes of our democratic societies drastically prioritize the needs of co-nationals above those of other human beings. Is this common practice legitimate or is it a form of collective egoism? Answering this question brings us to the heart of two of the most significant debates in contemporary political philosophy: those on nationalism and global justice. Within contemporary political philosophy, Miller is one of the few political theorists who occupies a prominent place in both debates. His central argument is that national boundaries cannot be upheld at the cost of the basic rights of others, but that they do have ethical significance and therefore entitle us to prioritize the preferences of our co-nationals.

This volume will be of interest to students and scholars studying philosophy, politics, international relations and law.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: On Nationalism and Global Justice: An Introduction
Helder De Schutter & Ronald Tinnevelt (University of Leuven)

Chapter 2: National Responsibility and Global Justice
David Miller (University of Oxford)

Chapter 3: Liberal Nationalism, Moral Minimalism, and Global Justice
Veit Bader (University of Amsterdam)

Chapter 4: Human Rights and Global Egalitarianism
Simon Caney (University of Birmingham)

Chapter 5: Social Justice in a Global Setting
Toon Vandevelde (University of Leuven)

Chapter 6: Justice and Culture
Wilfried Hinsch (RWTH Aachen)

Chapter 7: Foundational Questions in David Miller's Global Theory
Leif Wenar (University of Sheffield)

Chapter 8: David Miller on Collective Responsibility
Ronald Pierik (University of Tilburg)

Chapter 9: Reparations and Global Distributive Justice
Kok-Chor Tan (University of Pennsylvania)

Chapter 10: Must Millennium Domes Stand in the Way of Millennium Goals?
Robert van der Veen (University of Amsterdam)

Chapter 11: Cosmopolitanism, Nation-Building and Bounded Citizenship
Ronald Tinnevelt & Helder De Schutter (University of Leuven)

Chapter 12:  Does Justice Apply to the Global Order?
Margaret Moore (Queen’s University)

Chapter 13: A Reply
David Miller (University of Oxford)

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Helder De Schutter is an Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His research focuses on the historical and contemporary justifications of nationalism, language policy and federalism. Recent papers have appeared in The Journal of Political Philosophy, Inquiry, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Metaphilosophy and Language Problems and Language Planning. With Ronald Tinnevelt, he is editing 'Global Democracy and Exclusion' (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

Ronald Tinnevelt is Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Faculty of Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen. He is co-editor of Between Cosmopolitan Ideals and State Sovereignty (2006), Does Truth Matter? (2008), and Global Democracy and Exclusion (2010). He was recently awarded a Vidi scholarship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a 5-year project on the relationship between moral and institutional cosmopolitanism.