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Global Injustice: The Ethics of Poverty and Inequality



Objectives This seminar introduces students to the contemporary debate on global justice. By the end of the course students should have a deeper understanding of some core concepts in contemporary political theory, and the ability to think well about them.
Topics to be studied include global poverty and inequality, exploitation, dependence and imperialism, cosmopolitan war.

NB. This course has an admission prerequisite.

Study Material

Brooks, T The Global Justice Reader. Wiley 2008.
Brewer, A Marxist Theories of Imperialism. Routledge 1990.
Gilbert, A Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy? Princeton 1999.
Lenin, V I Imperialism. International Publishers 1968.
Pogge, T W World Poverty and Human Rights. Polity 2007.
Singer, P One World. Yale 2004.

Further reading

Arneson, R. (2013), ‘Egalitarianism’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Berlin, I. (2002), Liberty, Oxford.
Brewer, A. (1990), Marxist Theories of Imperialism. Routledge.
Callinicos, A. (2000), Equality, Polity.
Cohen, G.A. (2011), On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, Princeton.
Dworkin, R. (2000), Sovereign Virtue, Harvard.
Fabre, C. (2012), Cosmopolitan War. Oxford.
Gilbert, A. (1999) ,Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy? Princeton.
Gosepath, S. (2007), ‘Equality’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Held, D. (1995), Democracy and the Global Order. Polity.
Kymlicka, W. (2002), Contemporary Political Philosophy, Oxford.
Miller, D. (2006), The Liberty Reader, Edinburgh.
Miller, D. (2007), National Responsibility and Global Justice. Oxford.
Miller, R. (2010), Globalizing Justice. Oxford.
Okin, S.M. (1989), Justice, Gender and the Family, Basic books.
Piketty, T. (2014), Capital in the 21st Century. Harvard.
Rawls, J. (1971), A Theory of Justice, Harvard.
Sen, A. (1979), Inequality Reexamined, Oxford.
Swift, A. (2006), Political Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide, Polity.
Temkin, L. (1993), Inequality, Oxford.


10% participation, 20% student presentations, 70% essay (up to 4000 words)

Admission requirements

Students must either have successfully passed a course in political philosophy in their second or third year.




Instructor: Dr. N. Vrousalis (