Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thom Brooks on The Global Justice Reader

I have just received my copies of my new The Global Justice Reader. It is published by Blackwell. Information about the book can be found on Blackwell's website. The Amazon.com site is here and the Amazon.co.uk site is here.

The book's description is as follows:

"The Global Justice Reader is a first-of-its kind collection that brings together key foundational and contemporary writings on this important topic in moral and political philosophy. Designed for course use, and organized thematically, each section of the text offers a brief introduction followed by important readings on subjects ranging from sovereignty, human rights, and nationalism to global poverty, terrorism, and international environmental justice. Key seminal works from Thomas Hobbes, Immanuel Kant, and John Rawls are included alongside important contemporary writings from a cast of leading thinkers in the field."

"The Global Justice Reader is an important work of our time. It means that we can chart the development of the idea of justice in terms of the themes that occupy our world today. This book is a great idea about a great idea."

Robert Imre, University of Notre Dame

"Thom Brooks' The Global Justice Reader fills an urgent need for those who teach the philosophical dimensions of global issues, and their students. Brooks has pulled together an interesting and provocative set of articles, many of them classics in their fields. This book will set the benchmark against which others will be judged."

Stephen Gardiner, University of Washington

"This is both the broadest and the deepest selection of texts on morality beyond borders. Those looking for sharp analyses of crucial issues in global justice will find this collection clearly the best choice."

Leif Wenar, University of Sheffield

Thom Brooks, ed. The Global Justice Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Table of contents


Part I: Sovereignty
1 Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
2 Charles R. Beitz, “A State of Nature”
3 Thomas W. Pogge, “Cosmopolitanism and Sovereignty”

Part II: Rights to Self-Determination
4 Avishai Margalit and Joseph Raz, “National Self-Determination
5 Allen Buchanan, “Theories of Secession”

Part III: Human Rights
6 United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
7 Leif Wenar, “The Nature of Rights”
8 Charles R. Beitz, “Human Rights as a Common Concern”
9 Peter Jones, “Group Rights and Group Oppression”
10 David Sussman, “What’s Wrong with Torture?”

Part IV: Rawls’s The Law of Peoples
11 John Rawls, The Law of Peoples
12 Thomas W. Pogge, “An Egalitarian Law of Peoples”

Part V: Nationalism and Patriotism
13 Robert E. Goodin, “What is so Special about our Fellow Countrymen?”
14 David Miller, “The Ethics of Nationality”
15 Martha C. Nussbaum, “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism”

Part VI: Cosmopolitanism
16 Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace
17 J├╝rgen Habermas, “Kant’s Idea of Perpetual Peace, with the Benefit of Two Hundred Years’ Hindsight”
18 Thomas W. Pogge, “Moral Universalism and Global Economic Justice”

Part VII: Global Poverty and International Distributive Justice
19 Peter Singer, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”
20 Leif Wenar, “What We Owe to Distant Others”
21 Thomas Nagel, “The Problem of Global Justice”
22: Thomas W. Pogge, “Eradicating Systematic Poverty: Brief for a Global Resources Dividend”
23 Lisa L. Fuller, “Poverty Relief, Global Institutions, and the Problem of Compliance”

Part VIII: Just War
24 St Thomas Aquinas, “War, Sedition, and Killing”
25 John Stuart Mill, “A Few Words on Non-Intervention”
26 United Nations, Charter, Chapter VII
27 Thomas Nagel, “War and Massacre”
28 Michael Walzer, “Anticipations”
29 Jeff McMahan, “Just Cause for War”

Part IX: Terrorism
30 Michael Walzer, “Noncombatant Immunity and Military Necessity”
31 David Rodin, “Terrorism Without Intention”
32 Saul Smilansky, “Terrorism, Justification, and Illusion”

Part X: Women and Global Justice
33 Susan Moller Okin, “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?”
34 Martha C. Nussbaum, “Capabilities as Fundamental Entitlements: Sen and Social Justice”
35 Martha C. Nussbaum, “The Role of Religion”
36 Carol C. Gould, “Conceptualizing Women’s Human Rights”

Part XI: International Environmental Justice
37 Peter Singer, “One Atmosphere”
38 Simon Caney, “Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility, and Global Climate Change”


I do hope The Global Justice Reader will be a real success and encourage readers to take a close look at it. This book is the first of a four book deal I have agreed with Blackwell. The next three books include a second edited book, Hegel's Philosophy of Right: Essays on Ethics, Politics, and Law (2010), and two monographs: Global Justice and Political Philosophy: The Fundamentals, the latter appearing in Blackwell's "Fundamentals in Philosophy" series. I will have a monograph, Punishment (Routledge), and edited book, The Right to Fair Trial (Ashgate), appear later this year.

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