Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Miller, David

  • Helder De Schutter
  • Haye Hazenberg
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_71

The originality of David Miller’s work has been fueled by a concern with both justice and the importance of communal ties. His work continually manages to balance universal claims of justice with contextual demands. Because of this combination, his account of global justice turns out to be both philosophically innovative and empirically realistic. The result of this endeavor is a theory which posits only limited duties of global justice: Miller crucially argues that global justice should not be social justice writ large. Miller thereby distances himself from those who defend more generous accounts of global (distributive) justice (Beitz 1979; Pogge 1989; Caney 2005), and his work has become one of the central reference points for the recent more “skeptical turn” in global justice theory (see also Rawls 1999; Nagel 2005; Dworkin 2006; Scheffler 2002). However, Miller also distances himself from those who conclude that there are no duties of global justice, as for example Thomas Nagel (2005...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helder De Schutter
    • 1
  • Haye Hazenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Ethics, Social and Political PhilosophyKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Leuven Centre for Global Governance StudiesKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium