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Multinational Corporations and Global JusticeHuman Rights Obligations of a Quasi-Governmental Institution$
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Florian Wettstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762403

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762403.001.0001

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Obligations of Global Justice

Obligations of Global Justice

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(p.115) Chapter 3 Obligations of Global Justice
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Multinational Corporations and Global Justice
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762403.003.0003

This chapter examines the moral obligations deriving from the principles of rights-based global justice. It shows that injustice is tied to moral obligations, and that moral judgments and thus statements of justice are always prescriptive and never just declaratory. It also argues that the concept of justice is constitutively dependent on the ascription of responsibility. Moreover, the chapter considers Friedrich August von Hayek's argument that the notion of social justice is “empty and meaningless” in connection with the market, as well as Aristotle's claim that justice is the perfect and most complete virtue, perfect and imperfect obligations of justice, power and reasonableness, and the distinction between beneficence and obligations of justice.

Keywords:   moral obligations, global justice, injustice, responsibility, Friedrich August von Hayek, Aristotle, virtue, social justice, power, reasonableness

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