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Freedom, Recognition and Non-Domination

A Republican Theory of (Global) Justice

Series: Studies in Global Justice, Vol. 12

Schuppert, Fabian

2014, XXI, 201 p.

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  • Is the first to offer a truly republican theory of social justice
  • Offers a comprehensive alternative to the dominant Rawlsian approaches to social and global justice
  • Sharpens our understanding of the nature and value of freedom and equality 
  • Provides a unique extension of republican ideas and recognition theory to the global domain​    

This book offers an original account of a distinctly republican theory of social and global justice. The book starts by exploring the nature and value of Hegelian recognition theory.  It shows the importance of that theory for grounding a normative account of free and autonomous agency.  It is this normative account of free agency which provides the groundwork for a republican conception of social and global justice, based on the core-ideas of freedom as non-domination and autonomy as non-alienation. As the author argues, republicans should endorse a sufficientarian account of social justice, which focuses on the nature of social relationships and their effects on people's ability to act freely and realize their fundamental interests. On the global level, the book argues for the cosmopolitan extension of the republican principles of non-domination and non-alienation within a multi-level democratic system. In so doing, the book addresses a major gap in the existing literature, presenting an original theory of justice, which combines Hegelian recognition theory and republican ideas of freedom, and applying this hybrid theory to the global domain. 

Fabian Schuppert creates a grand synthesis uniting neo-republican insights on freedom with Hegelian recognition theory.  The result is an account of agency that arises from the idea of non-domination whose aim it is to safeguard individual freedom.  When combined with Hegelian recognition theory a social focus also emerges.  This amalgam comments on many of the major disputes concerning global justice from a cosmopolitan perspective.  Because of the broad scope and the many contemporary discussions engaged this book will be of keen interest to scholars as well as a welcome addition to the classroom.

Michael Boylan, Professor and Chair, Philosophy,  Marymount University, USA

In this highly readable and imaginative book, Schuppert shows how a republican political theory can address the problems of recognition, identity, and non-domination. Moreover, Schuppert demonstrates that Hegel's political philosophy has continuing vitality for the 21st century as he applies it to contemporary policy debates on basic needs, human rights, and cosmopolitanism.

Robert Paul Churchill, Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University, USA

Content Level » Research

Keywords » A Republican Theory of Global Justice - Analysing Freedom & Autonomy - Capabilities, Freedom and Sufficiency - Capabilities, Rational Agency and Non-Domination - Cosmopolitanism and Global Non-Domination - Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Global Justice - Democratic Practice and Politics - Dispersing Power and Polycentric Politics - Forms of Sufficientarianism - Free Rational Agency - Freedom Recognition and Non-Domination - Freedom and Responsibility - Freedom as Recognition - Freedom, Autonomy and Recognition - Freedom, Fairness & Equality - Freedom, Recognition and Social Justice - Hegelian Rational Agency - Identifying with Collective Decisions - Indexing Social Disadvantage - Individual and Collective Agency - Institutions for Global Non-Domination - Legitimate Political Institutions - Need-Based Theories - Nussbaum on Needs and Capabilities - Political Participation, Agency and Ossification - Practices of Reason-Giving - Recognition Non-Domination and Equality - Republican Global Justice - Rival Accounts of Interests - Social Justice and Rational Agency - Spectres of Communitarianism - Sufficientarian Justice - ecognition, Non-Domination and Equality

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Law - Political Science - Value Theory

Table of contents 

Acknowledgments.- Introduction - A Republican Theory of (Global) Justice.- Chapter One: The Nature of Free Rational Agency.- Chapter Two: Analysing Freedom & Autonomy – Recognition, Responsibility and Threats to Agency.- Chapter Three: Needs, Interests and Rights.- Chapter Four: Capabilities, Freedom and Sufficiency.- Chapter Five: Collective Agency, Democracy and Political Institutions.- Chapter Six: Global Justice and Non-Domination.- Conclusion: Freedom, Recognition & Non-Domination.- Bibliography.- Index.

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