Globale Gerechtigkeit

Meine Arbeit auf dem Gebiet der globalen Gerechtigkeit entwickelte sich als Reaktion auf und Kritik an den Schriften von John Rawls auf diesem Gebiet. In Cosmopolitan Justice entwickelte ich eine kosmopolitische Variante von Rawls‘ politischem Konstruktivismus und argumentierte, dass dies eine globale egalitäre Position der Verteilungsgerechtigkeit und eine kosmopolitische Darstellung des just cause impliziert. In Global Inequality Matters argumentierte ich, dass die Achtung der Menschenwürde eine Haltung des rechtfertigenden Respekts mit sich bringt und letzterer eine Vermutung zugunsten des Egalitarismus in den Vereinigungen wie der Weltwirtschaft nach sich zieht. Dies ist die Grundlage für die Verurteilung der Ungleichheiten in der Weltwirtschaft als ungerecht.


Global ethics focuses on the most pressing contemporary ethical issues - poverty, global trade, terrorism, torture, pollution, climate change and the management of scarce recourses. It draws on moral and political philosophy, political and social science, empirical research, and real-world policy and activism. The Routledge Handbook of Global Ethics is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject, presenting an authoritative overview of the most significant issues and ideas in global ethics. The 31 chapters by a team of international contributors are structured into six key parts:

  • normative theory
  • conflict and violence
  • poverty and development
  • economic justice
  • bioethics and health justice
  • environment and climate ethics.

Covering the theoretical and practical aspects of global ethics as well as policy, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Global Ethics provides a benchmark for the study of global ethics to date, as well as outlining future developments. It will prove an invaluable reference for policy-makers, and is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, international relations, political science, environmental and development studies and human rights law. 

The globalization of trade, investment, and finance continues apace. Many have benefited from this, but deep inequalities persist. This book argues that the interconnections established by globalization make possible a critique of its inequality. For those who take seriously human dignity, equality is a basic presumption of social institution

'The novelty of Darrel Moellendorf's book resides in taking a clear global perspective on a number of issues that can be truly said to affect almost everyone in the world. They are global inequality, global institutions of governance, global climate change Dr. Moellendorf shows how this change of perspective often alters our conclusions (which we tend to draw by looking more narrowly at nation-states only) and how this may be the most appropriate perspective to take in an era of globalization like ours. His emphasis on equal personal respect owed to every individual, and on global equality of opportunity is most welcome. This is a book which, because of its candid global perspective and the arguments it makes, will be read and cited by specialists from numerous fields.' - Branko Milanovic, Development Research, World Bank, USA

'Darrel Moellendorf's timely book is a welcome addition to the literature of Global Ethics. It is well argued and offers the gift of a path for applying adroitly philosophical arguments to solve vexing contemporary global problems.' Eddy M. Souffrant, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, UNC Charlotte, USA

Global Justice is part of a two-volume set (with Global Ethics) that will aid in the study of global justice and global ethical issues with significant global dimensions. Some of those issues directly concern what individuals, countries, and other associations ought to do in response to various global problems, such as poverty, population growth, and climate change. Others concern the concepts that are commonly used to discuss such issues, such as "development" and "human rights." And still others concern the legitimacy of various phenomena that structure the global scene, such as national borders, the institutions of national sovereignty and self-determination, and attitudes such as nationalism and patriotism.

In recent decades, literature on such issues has started to build up in the Western philosophical tradition. Until now, though, no up-to-date sample of this literature has been available to students and other interested parties. These two books, companion volumes sold separately, fill this gap by providing a sample of the best recent work on these themes.

The papers collected in this volume represent some of the finest recent work by political philosophers and political theorists in the area of global justice. Covering both theoretical and applied issues, these papers are distinguished by their exceptional quality. Moreover, they give the reader a sense both of the scope of the field as it is currently emerging and the direction that the debates seem to be taking. This anthology is essential reading for anyone serious about understanding the current pressing issues in Global Justice Studies.

With contributions from: Richard Arneson, Charles Beitz, Luis Cabrera, Omar Dahbour, Robert Goodin, Dale Jamieson, John Lango, David Miller, Thomas Pogge, Sanjay Reddy, Mathias Risse, Gopal Sreenivasan, and James Sterba.

Increasing global economic integration and recent military interventions in the name of human rights have forced questions of global justice into political discussions. Is the unequal distribution of wealth across the globe just? What's wrong with imperialism? Are the most indebted countries obligated to pay back their loans to international financial institutions? What, if any, restrictions may be placed on immigration? Is economic protectionism just? Does respecting state sovereignty prohibit intervening in the affairs of other states? May interventions which curtail human rights abuses be just? What is the moral basis of international law?

Cosmopolitan Justice takes on these questions in the course of presenting a systematic account of global duties of justice. Many contemporary accounts of justice take its scope to be limited to the state. And, when attention is paid to international justice, the objects of moral concern are states. Moreover, there is a growing trend amongst political philosophers and theorists to argue that nationality presents a source of special moral duties. Cosmopolitan Justice argues against these views, and the book also provides a justification of global duties of justice, which are owed to all persons, regardless of their citizenship or nationality. The book applies this perspective to a number of international issues. 

Weitere Artikel und Kapitel

Economic Contagion and Pro-Poor Social Epidemiology" Journal of Social Philosophy, 52, 2021, 270-284.

“Real World Global Egalitarianism" in Robin Eckersley and Chris Brown ed. Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).

“Global Distributive Justice: The Cosmopolitan Point of View," in David Held and Pietro Maffettone eds. Global Political Theory (London: Polity Press, 2016).

Anti-Poverty, Development, and the Limits of Progress" (Contribution to a special issue on Poverty, Ethics, and Justice by Hennie Lötter), Res Publica, published online 2016. doi:10.1007/s11158-016-9329-y.

Can a Liberal State Make Access to Medical Education Conditional on Public Service?" (Contribution to a special issue on Debating Brain Drain by Gillian Brock and Michael Blake), Moral Philosophy and Politics, 3:1, 2016, 45-54.

“Assistance, duty of," “Cosmopolitanism," and “Outlaw states" in Jon Mandle and David Riedy eds. A Rawls Lexicon, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 162-168; 226-228; 586-587.

“Global Ethics Then and Now", Journal of Global Ethics, 10:3, 2014, 319-325. Co-author Heather Widdows.

“Transcendental Institutionalism and Global Justice," Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 16:2, 2013, 162-178.

Human Dignity, Associative Duties, and Egalitarian Global Justice," in Gillian Brock ed. Cosmopolitanism For and Against, Oxford University Press, 2013, 222-238.

“Cosmopolitanism and Compatriot Duties," The Monist, 94:4, October 2011, 535-554.

“Why Global Inequality Matters," Journal of Social Philosophy, 42:1, 2011, 99-109.

“Human Dignity, Respect, and Global Inequality," Journal of Global Ethics 6:3, December 2010, 339-352.

“Menschenwürde, Gleichheit und globale Gerechtigkeit," in Christoph Broszies and Henning Hahn eds., Globale Gerechtigkeit, Suhrkamp Verlag. 2010, 302-328.

“Absolute Poverty and Global Inequality," in Elke Mack, et al. eds., Absolute Poverty and Global Justice: Empirical Data, Moral Theories, and Initiatives,  Ashgate, 2009, 121-132.

“Brock on the Justification, Content, and Application of Global Justice," Journal of Global Ethics, 5:3, December 2009, 261-268.

“Global Inequality and Injustice," Journal of International Development, 21, 2009, 1125-1136.

“Constructing the Law of Peoples," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 77:2, June 1996, 132-154. Reprinted in Chandran Kukathas, ed., John Rawls: Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers, Routledge, 2002; and in Thomas Pogge and Darrel Moellendorf, eds., Global Justice: Seminal Essays, Paragon, 2008. 

“La Justice et les Associations," Philosophiques, 34:1 Summer 2007, 61-75.

“Equal Respect and Global Egalitarianism," Social Theory and Practice, 32:4, Oct. 2006, 601-616.

“Equality of Opportunity Globalized," Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, XIX: 2, July 2006, 301-318.

“The World Trade Organization and Egalitarian Justice," Metaphilosophy, 36:1, January 2005, 145-162. Reprinted in Christian Barry and Thomas W. Pogge, eds., Global Institutions and Responsibilities: Achieving Global Justice, Blackwell, 2005, 141-158.

“Persons' Interests, States' Duties, and Global Governance," in Harry Brighouse and Gillian Brock, eds., The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, Cambridge University Press, 2005, 148-163.

“Global Justice and the WTO," in Patrick Hayden and Chamsy el-Ojeili, eds., Confronting Globalisation: Humanity, Justice and the Renewal of Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 242-257.

“Cosmopolitan Justice Reconsidered," Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 104, 2004, 203-225.

Reply to Miller and Satz," International Journal of Politics and Ethics, 3:2, 2003, 253-268.

“Imperialism," Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Dan Callahan, Peter Singer, and Ruth Chadwick, eds., Academic Press, 1997, 651-658. Second edition 2012.

“Liberalism, Nationalism, and the Right to Secede," Philosophical Forum, XXVIII:1-2, Fall-Winter 1996-1997, 87-97.

Rezensionen und beauftragte Artikel

 Rezension zu Aaron James, Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy in Mind, 122:486, 2013, 548-553.

Rezension zu Colleen Murphy, A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation in Ethics, 122:1, October 2011, 198-20.

Rezension zu Deen K. Chaterjee, ed., The Ethics of Assistance in Philosophical Review, 116:2, 2007, 287-293.

“Liberal Egalitarianism and Poverty," Ethikon Institute, 2007.

“World Ownership, Self-Ownership, and Equality in Georgist Philosophy" for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 2005. 

Aktuelle Veranstaltung

Podcast zu "Mobilizing Hope"


Jun 16
02:00 Uhr

Anstehende Veranstaltung: Hope in Times of Crisis

Darrel Moellendorf skizziert das Forschungsvorhaben "The Hopeful Personality" und Lukas Sparenborg spricht mit Ilaria Cozzaglio zu dem Verhältnis von Hoffnung und Vertrauen im Kontext von Klimaaktivismus. Weitere Informationen hier.

Mär 1
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Moellendorf zu Gast beim New Books Network: Mobilizing Hope

Der Podcast kann hier abgerufen werden.

Jan 17
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"Das Opfer hat keine Mitschuld an Kriegsverbrechen" - Moellendorf in der FAZ

Deutsche und englische Version von Darrel Moellendorf's aktuellem Artikel in der Frankfurt Allgemeinen Zeitung: "Ukraine has no Jus ex Bello obligation to enter into concessionary negotiations"

Jan 8
08:00 Uhr

Workshop Conservation and Global Justice

Workshop mit Chris Amstrong: Conservation and Global Justive - Responding fairly to the Biodiversity Crisis am 23. Januar. Weitere Informationen hier.

Dez 7
09:00 Uhr

Ausschreibung: 2 PostDoc Positionen

Ausschreibung von zwei PostDoc Stellen im Global Health Programm für das akademische Jahr 2023/24. Weitere Informationen hier.

Apr 21
00:00 Uhr

Moellendorf im aktuellen UN-Bericht zur Bekämpfung des Klimawandels

Der Artikel “Responsibility for Increasing Mitigation Ambition" (2020) von Prof. Moellendorf wurde in dem aktuellen UN-Bericht zur Bekämpfung des Klimawandels erwähnt und zitiert. Siehe Kapitel 4, Seite 99.