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On Global Justice$
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Mathias Risse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142692

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142692.001.0001

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What Follows from Our Common Humanity?

What Follows from Our Common Humanity?

The Institutional Stance, Human Rights, and Nonrelationism

(p.63) Chapter 4 What Follows from Our Common Humanity?
On Global Justice

Mathias Risse

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how our common humanity as a ground of justice leads to an account of human rights, which in turn generates a duty of assistance in building institutions. It first considers the notion of a “conception of human rights” before offering such a conception built around the idea of common humanity and connecting that conception to the institutional stance. It argues that claims of common humanity generate a duty of assistance in building institutions. Finally, it explores Simon Caney's version of nonrelationism to suggest that certain more expansive views of the role of common humanity in a theory of global justice are implausible. The chapter contends that nonrelationists exaggerate the role of the idea of a distinctively human life for global justice.

Keywords:   common humanity, justice, human rights, assistance, institutions, institutional stance, Simon Caney, nonrelationism, global justice

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