Sunday, June 8, 2008

On the Problem of Global Justice

The problem of global justice, for Thomas Nagel, is not a moral question . The duty of justice, Nagel asserts, is strictly political . Justice is an obligation restricted to one’s fellowmen under a sovereign state. The power of a sovereign state can only be used to promote its own interests. Nagel does not believe in the equality between peoples. Nagel writes, “respect for the autonomy of other societies can be thought of as a respect for the human rights of their members, rather than respect for the equality of peoples” (Nagel 2005, 135).