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Original scientific paper

On the Moral Irrelevance of a Global Basic Structure: Prospects for a Satisficing Sufficientarian Theory of Global Justice

Adelin Costin Dumitru ; National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Faculty of Political Science, Bucharest, Romania

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Many important criticisms to the possibility of global justice are advanced following one or another operationalization of the Rawlsian concept of a basic structure. The purpose of this paper is twofold: i) to show that the existence of a global basic structure is irrelevant from the standpoint of justice; ii) to set the stage for a cosmopolitan theory of global justice that employs satisficing suffi cientarianism as a distributive principle. One of the main contentions is that the institutional-interactional cut in the recent literature should be transcended. That is, the site of justice should be extended to incorporate both the efficiency of discharging one’s duties through a just institutional scheme and the moral value of promoting a good state of affairs through one’s own efforts. In order to avoid the overdemandingness objection, however, the selected principles of justice ought to belong to the suffi cientarian family. Towards the end of the paper I sketch one such theory, satisficing sufficientarianism.


Basic structure; cosmopolitanism; overdemandingness objection; site of justice; satisficing sufficientarianism

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