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1st Edition

What is this thing called Global Justice?

ISBN 9781138831971
Published January 20, 2017 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

What is this thing called Global Justice? explores the core topics covered on the increasingly popular undergraduate modules on global justice including:

  • world poverty
  • economic inequality
  • nationalism
  • human rights
  • humanitarian intervention
  • immigration
  • global democracy and governance
  • climate change
  • international justice.

Centered on real world problems, this textbook helps students to understand that global justice is not only a field of philosophical inquiry but also of practical importance. Each chapter concludes with a helpful summary of the main ideas discussed, study questions and a further reading guide.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Global Justice Matters

2. World Poverty

3. Economic Inequality

4. Nationalism, Patriotism and Self-Determination

5. State Sovereignty vs. Human Rights

6. Human Rights, Culture and Gender

7. Humanitarian Intervention

8. Immigration

9. Global Democracy and Governance

10. Climate Change

11. Global Health

12. Reparations for International Injustice

13. A Theory of Global Justice?

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Kok-Chor Tan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He specializes in Political Philosophy and Moral Philosophy.


'This is an extremely accessible and comprehensive introduction to global justice and its application to concerns that continue to threaten global cohabitation. Balancing theoretical richness with exacting practical application, this book is an absolute must-have for anyone interested in better understanding global justice and its scope. In fact, it should be required reading for any course featuring global justice!' Garrett W. Brown, University of Sheffield, UK‘

'This volume provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to some of the most important issues in global justice, including world poverty, human rights, cultural diversity, just war and immigration. Kok-Chor Tan does a terrific job in presenting complex ideas in a rigorous yet highly accessible style, drawing on the latest scholarship in political philosophy. This will be an excellent resource for students as well as for teachers.’ Massimo Renzo, King's College London, UK

'The text is accessible to the expected undergraduate audience but also to a broader readership, including advocated who desire to be a more effective for those whom they seek to serve. Thanks to its content and style, this text is well able to speak to those from a diverse range of backgrounds.' Carolyn M. Evans, University of New South Wales, Australia