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Rethinking Remedial Responsibilities

Brooks, Thom

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How should we determine which nations have a responsibility to remedy suffering elsewhere? The problem is pressing because, following David Miller, ‘[it] is morally intolerable if (remediable) suffering and deprivation are allowed to continue . . . where they exist we are morally bound to hold somebody (some person or collective agent) responsible for relieving them’. Miller offers a connection theory of remedial responsibilities in response to this problem, a theory he has been developing over the last decade. This theory is meant to serve as a guide on how we can best determine which nations are remedially responsible for alleviating suffering and deprivation elsewhere. Miller’s theory entails our following a procedure in order to determine remedial responsibility for nations. The problem is that there is an important flaw in this procedure, a flaw that previous critiques have overlooked. This essay will explain this flaw and how Miller’s theory might be reformulated into a two-tiered procedure that would take better account of this problem.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2012
Journal Ethics and Global Politics
Print ISSN 1654-4951
Electronic ISSN 1654-6369
Publisher Department of Government
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 3
Pages 195-202
DOI https://doi.org/10.3402/egp.v4i3.7140
Keywords Global justice; nationalism; Miller; identity; distributive justice; severe poverty
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1493791
Publisher URL 10.3402/egp.v4i3.7140



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