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Structural injustice and massively shared obligations

Schwenkenbecher, A. (2020) Structural injustice and massively shared obligations. Journal of Applied Philosophy . Early View.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1111/japp.12431
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Abstract

It is often argued that our obligations to address structural injustice are collective in character. But what exactly does it mean for ‘ordinary citizens’ to have collective obligations vis‐à‐vis large‐scale injustice? In this article, I propose to pay closer attention to the different kinds of collective action needed in addressing some of these structural injustices and the extent to which these are available to large, unorganised groups of people. I argue that large, dispersed, and unorganised groups of people are often in a position to perform distributive collective actions. As such, ordinary citizens can have massively shared obligations to address structural injustice through distributive action, but, ultimately, such obligations are ‘collective’ only in a fairly weak sense.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: © Society for Applied Philosophy 2020
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/55824
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