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Global Challenges: War, Self-Determination, and Responsibility for Justice

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In the late twentieth century many writers and activists envisioned new possibilities of transnational cooperation toward peace and global justice. In this book Iris Marion Young aims to revive such hopes by responding clearly to what are seen as the global challenges of the modern day.
Inspired by claims of indigenous peoples, the book develops a concept of self-determin
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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published January 29th 2007 by Polity Press (first published 2006)
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Rein
Dec 30, 2016 Rein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of fundamental significance for any debate about social and political justice. Young has carefully separated the concepts of guilt/blame and responsibility and shows how structural injustice emerges from the actions of a multitude of separate individuals, all acting within their rights, in good faith, and pursuing their legitimate interests. As a result, she has uncovered the mechanisms at work in the reproduction of social phenomena that are often deplored also by those who, unwi ...more
Chris
Contemporary theories of justice typically focus on the problem of distribution and what John Rawls calls the "core institutions" of a well-ordered, democratic society. Young's book argues for expanding justice beyond basic social institutions to the "structure" of society. In doing so, she addresses the difficult question of collective responsibility for unjust social circumstances. Through a critical reading of Hannah Arendt's views on collective responsibility, Young engages and criticizes th ...more
John Lussier
May 04, 2015 John Lussier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A work of political philosophy advocating for a view of justice framed by global responsibility. Young shows how an account of justice framed by personal guilt or liability is inadequate when we start to discuss the reality of structures and institutions. Instead, Young puts forward that we must begin to consider justice through the lens of future-oriented responsibility with an emphasis on our actions having ramifications that contradict our own values. This connection-al model of justice is ca ...more
Amy
Jul 04, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciate Young's distinction between guilt and responsibility and, similarly, between a liability model of responsibility for injustice and a social connection model. In discussions about injustice, it is easy to get caught up in whether I, as an individual, am at fault for the ills of the world. Young describes this perspective as unproductive. Rather than trying to place blame for great social injustices that transcend individuals, we can realize that we have a social connection to ...more
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