In contemporary political philosophy, the subject of global justice has received sustained interest. This is unsurprising, given the nexus between inequality and many of the pressing global problems today, such as immigration, global public health, poverty and violence. Theorists of global justice ask why inequality is morally wrong, what we owe to the global poor, what the implications of global inequality for people in affluent countries are, and the power of agencies or institutions necessary for the realization of a fairer world. Although political philosophers have offered different conceptions of these problems and narratives of the ideal of justice, a major shortcoming of the current discussion are the limits of the concepts and idioms employed. Assumptions are made about the experience of poverty, but little is done to understand the way people in underdeveloped countries experience and understand their predicament. This has resulted in the entrenchment of cognitive inequality in the global justice debate. This book attempts to correct the inaccuracies engendered by the one-sided theorising of global justice. By employing metaphors, concepts and philosophical ideas to reflect on global justice, the book provides an account of global justice that goes beyond current parochial perspective. This book was originally published as a Special Issue of Philosophical Papers.
Uchenna Okeja is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes University and a Fellow of Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. He has held visiting positions at a number of universities, most recently, at Harvard University, University of Chicago, Justitia Amplificata Centre for Advanced Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften Bad Homburg and Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia Vancouver.
1. Globalizing or transcending global justice? Introduction to the special issue Uchenna Okeja
2. African and global justice Ifeanyi I Menkiti
3. Should African Thinkers Engage in the Global Justice Debate? Katrin Flikschuh
4. "Global justice" and indigenous African epistemologies: confronting the global matrix of power Dennis Masaka
5. I am Because You Are: Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Xenophobia Michael Onyebuchi Eze
6. Replacing development: an Afro-communal approach to global justice Thaddeus Metz
7. Ubuntu, Cosmopolitanism and Distribution of Natural Resources Edwin Etieyibo
8. Global justice as process: applying normative ideals of indigenous African governance Helen Lauer