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Jon Mandle. Global Justice. Cambridge, UK and Malden, USA: Polity Press, 2006. 180 pp. ISBN 0-7456-3066-9

Author(s): Dennis Adriano de Vera

Journal: Social Science Diliman
ISSN 1655-1524

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 129;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Jon Mandle | Global Justice

It is not too often that questions of global justice are intensely presented with much philosophic resolve and acumen. One apparent reason perhaps is reflected in the range of issues that emerges from it aside from the variety of conflicting rejoinders that the questions themselves generate. Another obvious reason is the absence of a justifiable and substantive theory of global justice which mayperhaps take into account the diversity of doctrines, beliefs and practices that people normally do and follow across state-borders. In the absence of such a theory, any attempt of deliberation is eventually fated to failure in view of the fact that no shared basis of evaluation or analysis fits any reasonable judgment on what may be appropriately referred to, if possible, as global justice. OnoraO’Neil (2000) for example expresses certain qualms on how the term global justice is used. She notes that it “presupposes that the topic under discussion is a single regime of justice for the world” (O’Neil, 2000, p. 115). Instead, she prefers “transnational justice” to specify that the relation of justice involved crosses national boundaries. In much the same sense, Thomas Nagel (2005) argues that the apparent difficulty in the quest for global justice is the ambiguity of theconcept itself. He remarks that “the concepts and theories of global justice are in the early stages of formation, and it is not clear what the main questions are, let alone the main possible answers” (Nagel, 2005, p. 113).
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