Essay about The Problem Of Global Poverty

2127 Words Sep 29th, 2016 9 Pages
If we are to finally confront the problem of global poverty, who should we expect to act?
Because of the enormity of the task of constructing even a minimally just world, it seems reasonable to suppose that one of the requirements for the designation of moral agents in international politics is that of clarity and therefore parsimony. To avoid confusion and establish real responsibility, we should, if possible, locate moral agents of last resort to whom we can point decisively and expect to act. I will argue below that with the help of insights agent-structure theorists in social and international theory, we can meet this requirement by producing a general definition of moral agency. This is then tested against various proposals for agents from global justice theory to see which can best satisfy the definition offered.
Throughout, I take the global distribution of economic resources as my example (and the attendant asymmetric distribution of disease, morbidity, illiteracy, and the rest), but this is not necessary. A number of the arguments offered herein should be portable to other questions of justice among nations—just war, democratic accountability, environmental degradation, and so on. Because others have done excellent work in outlining the case for concerted action to help alleviate global poverty, I will not attempt to establish that obligation again here. I will assume its strength—which I take to be obvious and significant—and will not defend this assumption.…

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