Global Duties in the Face of Uncertainty

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Sylvie Loriaux


This paper aims to highlight the role played by uncertainties in global justice theories. It will start by identifying four kinds of uncertainties that could potentially have an impact on the nature, content and very existence of global duties: first, uncertainties regarding the causes of global injustices; second, uncertainties regarding the consequences of global justice initiatives; third, uncertainties pertaining to the 'imperfect' character of certain global duties; and fourth, uncertainties regarding the conduct of others. It will discuss each of these uncertainties in turn, with particular attention to their normative implications, their distinctively 'global' source, and the possibility of their being addressed. It will conclude with some reflections on how the normative issues raised by uncertainties related to spatial distance compare to those raised by uncertainties related to temporal distance.


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Loriaux, Sylvie. 2017. “Global Duties in the Face of Uncertainty”. Diametros, no. 53 (October):75-95.
Ethics and Uncertainty
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Sylvie Loriaux, Laval University, Department of Political Science

Sylvie Loriaux, Assistant ProfessorUniversité Laval - Laval UniversityDépartement de science politique  - Department of Political SciencePavillon Charles-De Koninck1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines, local 4461Québec G1V 0A6Canada


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