Humanity or justice?

van Hooft, Stan 2011, Humanity or justice?, Journal of global ethics, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 291-302.

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Title Humanity or justice?
Author(s) van Hooft, Stan
Journal name Journal of global ethics
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 291
End page 302
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1744-9626
1744-9634
Keyword(s) humanitarianism
justice
liberal nationalism
caring
moral motivation
moral sentimentalism
Summary This paper reflects on a critique of cosmopolitanism mounted by Tom Campbell, who argues that cosmopolitans place undue stress on the issue of global justice. Campbell argues that aid for the impoverished needy in the third world, for example, should be given on the Principle of Humanity rather than on the Principle of Justice. This line of thought is also pursued by ‘Liberal Nationalists’ like Yael Tamir and David Miller. Thomas Nagel makes a similar distinction and questions whether the ideal of justice can even be meaningfully applied on a global scale. The paper explores whether the distinction between the Principle of Humanity and the Principle of Justice might be a false dichotomy in that both principles could be involved in humanitarian assistance. It will suggest that both principles might be grounded in an ethics of caring and that the ethics of caring cannot be so sharply distinguished from the discourse of justice and of rights. As a result, the Principle of Humanity and the Principle of Justice cannot be so sharply distinguished either. It is because we care about others as human beings (Principle of Humanity) that we pursue justice for them (Principle of Justice) and the alleviation of their avoidable suffering.
Language eng
Field of Research 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
Socio Economic Objective 950407 Social Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043036

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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