Justice Delayed: The Political Origins and Uncertain Future of Global Justice
- Wednesday, 27 January 2016
- By ABC Religion and Ethics/Samuel Moyn
Since the 1970s, "global justice" has surged as a central topic in Anglophone political theory and philosophy.
A typical account, for instance from Martha Nussbaum, credits contemporary philosophers with transcending "the frontiers of justice," courageously leaving behind arbitrary limits normally imposed on distributive justice beyond borders.
This option - there are now competing positions in the field - frequently labels itself cosmopolitan. The idea is that it took up a philosophical legacy going back to the Greek and Roman Stoics, who first called for "citizenship of the world," before Enlightenment thinkers such as Immanuel Kant revived their visionary program.