A Minimal Standard of Justice: The Alleviation of Harm and the Protection of Human Dignity

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When talking about poverty alleviation one needs to ask what poverty actually is. Of course part of it is an individual fate. But by diminishing it to individual fate, one overlooks the social structures behind it. Especially when examining global poverty it is of utmost importance to analyse these structures in order to be able to fight poverty effectively. That is why we need the debates on global justice – to see this bigger picture and to determine responsibilities. To contribute in global poverty alleviation one task of ethics should be to find and substantiate a practically oriented theoretical consensus by justifying a minimal standard of justice. This way ethics can pave the way for much-needed political action, as such a consensus can be transferred into practice more easily. My starting point for finding such a consensus is the discovery that there is broad theoretical agreement that our world is not fair, but no agreement can be found how a just world should look like. Thus we should look at the problem of global justice from the perspective of injustice and develop a vision of a less unjust world. My finding is that a less unjust world needs a minimal standard of justice in the form of a double minimum: the avoidance or at least alleviation of harm through structural injustice and the protection of human dignity of all human beings. This double minimum should be implemented in a decentralised global institutional structure.
Period2014 aug 29
EvenemangstitelThe Ethics of Poverty Alleviation
Typ av evenemangKonferens
PlatsSalzburg, Österrike

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