Justice and Hegemony in World Society [C, E]

Term: Fall 2009

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 6135

Previously, theories of justice have assumed the sovereign nation state as the relevant frame for considering justice. However, many pressing problems of justice fall outside the existing borders of states. The community of those who raise claims to justice does not always coincide with established citizenship. Moreover, international law and some non-state actors have become hegemonic powers in world society and sometimes seem to prevent the realization of justice.

These phenomena mirror several theoretical questions: What are the appropriate contexts of justice in a world society? What power conceptions adequately describe hegemonic international relations today? And how should the relevant grounds and institutions of justice be framed? The main focus is on contemporary approaches to these questions. Readings include: Charles Beitz, Thomas Pogge, David Miller, Niklas Luhmann, Hauke Brunkhorst, Gunther Teubner, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Robert Cox, Chandra T. Mohanty, and Jürgen Habermas.

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