Global Justice, Basic Goods and the Sufficiency Threshold Claim
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Is part ofÉthique et Économique / Ethics and Economics ; vol. 10, no 2
Publisher(s)Université de Montréal. Centre de recherche en éthique de l'UdeM.
This paper deals with a prevailing assumption that basic goods are accessory to claims of justice. Against such an assumption, the paper advances the idea that basic goods (the core of what I wish to call the sufficiency threshold) are fundamental as a matter of justice. The paper then addresses the question as to what is the elemental justifiability of a social minimum and how that relates to theories of justice, particularly to emerging theories of global justice. The arguments against the aforementioned assumption call upon the strengths of a general theory of justice already in place, namely, John Rawls’s theory of justice and the enriching response and criticism thereof—particularly David Miller’s theory of justice.