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- List of Contributors
- Global Justice and the Role of the State: A Critical Survey
- Equality of Opportunity and Global Justice
- Global Justice and Global Citizenship
- On the Core of Distributive Egalitarianism: Towards a Two-Level Account
- The Holders of Human Rights: The Bright Side of Human Rights?
- Motivating Solidarity with Distant Others: Empathic Politics, Responsibility, and the Problem of Global Justice
- Just Global Health: Integrating Human Rights and Common Goods
- Transforming Global Justice Theorizing: Indigenous Philosophies
- The Link between Subsistence and Human Rights
- Capabilities, Freedom, and Severe Poverty
- Aiding the Poor in Present and Future Generations: Some Reflections on a Simple Model
- Climate Change Ethics and the Problem of End-State Solutions
- Distant Strangers and the Illusion of Separation: Climate, Development, and Disaster
- The Human Right to Democracy and the Pursuit of Global Justice
- Thomas Pogge’s Conception of Taking the Global Institutional Order as the Object of Justice Assessments
- What Second-Best Scenarios Reveal about Ideals of Global Justice
- Global Gender Justice
- International Law
- Political Legitimacy And Territorial Rights
- Settlement and the Right to Exclude
- A Critical Theory of Transnational (In-)Justice: Realistic in the Right Way
- Personal Responsibility and Global Injustice
- Thinking Normatively about Global Justice without Systematic Reflection on Global Capitalism: The Paradigmatic Case of Rawls
- The Right to Resist Global Injustice
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter constitutes an exploration and evaluation of the so-called “linkage argument” in support of the inclusion of a right to subsistence among human rights. While it is uncontroversial that avoiding poverty is hugely important for all humans, the human right to subsistence and other socioeconomic human rights are often regarded as social goals rather than genuine rights. The linkage argument aims to show that a commitment to the existence of any human rights at all entails a commitment to the inclusion of a right to subsistence among them. I argue that the linkage argument does not succeed in vindicating the inclusion of a right to subsistence among moral human rights, but I conclude that a modified version of it might support the justification of a legal human right to subsistence.
Jesse Tomalty is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen.
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