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No Global Justice without Global Solidarity


Χειμερινό εξάμηνο 2022-2023

Τετάρτη 14 Δεκεμβρίου (ώρα έναρξης 20.30)

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No Global Justice without Global Solidarity


Why ‘Solidarity’ Should Become the Central Concept of the Emerging Global Political Theory

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Janusz Salamon

Αναπληρωτή καθηγητή Ηθικής και πολιτικής φιλοσοφίας,

Ινστιτούτο Πολιτικών Σπουδών, Πανεπιστήμιο του Καρόλου, Πράγα

Επισκέπτη καθηγητή στο ΤΚΑΙ, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Erasmus+


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After the end of the Cold War a new subfield of political theory labelled variously: ‘Global Ethics’, ‘Global Justice’ or ‘Global Political Philosophy’ began to flourish generating not only multitude of publications but also undergraduate and graduate study programmes at university across the world. The field is centred on the efforts to formulate a cross-culturally relevant ‘global theories of justice’ and to apply such theories to the assessment of particular states of affairs of transnational nature, such as global poverty, economic inequality, gender inequality, human rights violations, ascribing to them a status of cases of global injustice. The central debate in the field of global justice is underlined by a clash between Anti-essentialists (inspired by Poststructuralism and Deconstruction) and Universalists, both of whom claim to find support in the findings of cultural anthropology. The anti-essentialist camp argues that a search for a global theory of justice is not only futile but positively harmful, while the universalist camp (inspired either by Kant or Aristotle) worries that in the absence of a plausible global theory of justice, no transnational/transcultural social critique is possible, which would make the very concept of ‘justice on Earth’ incoherent. In response to this deadlock, I argue that it may be possible to bridge (or transcend) the gap between these two opposite camps by appreciating the force of the key arguments of both Anti-essentialists and Universalists and adopting the view that while human conceptualisations of the normative aspect of social life are indeed human constructs/inventions shaped by historical conditions, this does not exclude a possibility of global normative consensus under the appropriate conditions that may be generated by the ongoing process of globalisation. As an example, I argue that an entire normative global social theory may be generated by consensual “investing” a concept of ‘solidarity’ with a new meaning, taking advantage of indefinite content of our concepts (especially what G. Lakoff calls ‘essentially contested concepts’).



Dr Janusz Salamon is Associate Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy in the Institute of Political Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. He was born in Poland and educated at the University of London (BA), Oxford University (MPhil), and Jagiellonian University of Cracow (PhD). He is Founder and Director of the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics) International Study Programme at Charles University, modelled on the Oxford PPE, attended by over 200 students from ca. 60 countries and 6 Continents. He is an Editor of the Global Ethics Book Series in Bloomsbury Publishing in London and recently edited for Bloomsbury a collective monograph entitled Handbook of Global Justice and East Asian Philosophy co-authored by 12 East Asian and 12 Western scholars. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Journal of East-West Studies published in California and Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture published in South Korea.






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