Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Global Distributive Justice

  • Michael Boylan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_121

In order to get a handle on global distributive justice, one first has to separate off just what distributive justice is and then how this is acted out and justified on a global stage. To begin, let us separate out other senses of justice that this entry will not address. First is global retributive justice. This sort of justice is a paying back for some previous real or perceived wrong committed against some state or the peoples living within that state. Second is some sense of political correctness sometimes connected with spreading an ideology or political system. Instead of these legitimate senses of justice, this entry will address methods of distributing goods and services among the peoples of the world.

Theories of Distributive Justice

There are five principal theories of distributive justice that answer the question of how to distribute goods and services to people living around the world: (a) kraterism, (b) capitalism, (c) socialism, (d) egalitarianism, and (e) aristocratic...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Boylan
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMarymount UniversityArlingtonUSA