Boundaries and Allegiances: Problems of Justice and Responsibility in Liberal Thought

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 221 pages
This exceptional work--a collection of eleven essays by one of the most fascinating moral philosophers currently writing--explores a perspective that is at once sympathetic towards and critical of liberal political philosophy. The essays address the capacity of liberal thought, and of the moral traditions on which it draws, to accommodate a variety of challenges posed by the changing circumstances of the modern world. They also consider how, in an era of rapid globalization, when our lives are structured by social arrangements and institutions of ever-increasing size, complexity, and scope, we can best conceive of the responsibilities of individual agents and the normative significance of our diverse commitments and allegiances. Linked by common themes, the volume examines the responsibilities we have in virtue of belonging to a community, the compatibility of such obligations with equality, the demands of distributive justice in general, and liberalism's relationship to liberty, community, and equality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Responsibility Reactive Attitudes and Liberalism in Philosophy and Politics
12
2 Individual Responsibility in a Global Age
32
3 Families Nations and Strangers
48
4 Liberalism Nationalism and Egalitarianism
66
5 The Conflict between Justice and Responsibility
82
6 Relationships and Responsibilities
97
7 Conceptions of Cosmopolitanism
111
8 The Appeal of Political Liberalism
131
9 Rawls and Utilitarianism
149
10 Justice and Desert in Liberal Theory
173
A Critical Notice of Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy
197
Index
217
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Samuel Scheffler is in the Department of Philosophy and Law, University of California, Berkeley.

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