11 December 2009
Holtug Publishes New Article in Journal of Global Ethics
Nils Holtug publishes new article on equality, priority and global justice.
Derek Parﬁt has argued that prioritarianism “naturally” has global scope, i.e. naturally applies to everyone, irrespective of his or her particular national, state or other communal afﬁliation. In that respect, it differs from e.g. egalitarianism. In this article, I critically assess Parﬁt’s argument. In particular, I argue that it is difﬁcult to draw conclusions about the scope of prioritarianism simply from an inspection of its structure. I also make some suggestions as to what it would take to argue that prioritarianism has either global or merely domestic scope.
Keywords: prioritarianism; egalitarianism; global justice; cosmopolitanism; Parﬁt; axiology
Holtug, Nils, "Equality, Priority and Global Justice", Journal of Global Ethics, vol. 5(3), 2009, 173-179.