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Critical notice of Aaron James: "Fairness in practice: a social contract for a global economy"

Risse, Mathias and Wollner, Gabriel (2013) Critical notice of Aaron James: "Fairness in practice: a social contract for a global economy". Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 43 (3). pp. 382-401. ISSN 0045-5091

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00455091.2013.847351


Nobody has offered such a comprehensive philosophical approach to trade. Nonetheless, James's approach does not succeed. First, we explore James's constructivist method, which does less work than he suggests. The second topic is James's take on the different ‘grounds’ of justice. We explore the shortcomings of approaches that focus exclusively on trade. Our third topic is why James thinks trade is such a ground. The fourth topic is how James argues for his proposed ‘structural equity.’ This proposal remains under-argued. Our fifth topic is to explore why structural equity would generate several specific principles. Finally, we discuss James's notion of autarky. Autarky sets the benchmark for James's ideas about how to divide gains of trade. We doubt that it can do so.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 10:51
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 19:39

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