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Freedom from poverty as a human right : who owes what to the very poor?
1st pub.
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Paris : United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
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xiii, 406 p. ; 24 cm.
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Collected here in one volume are fifteen cutting-edge essays by leading academics which together clarify and defend the claim that freedom from poverty is a human right with corresponding binding obligations on the more affluent to practice effective poverty avoidance. The nature of humanrights and their corresponding duties is examined, as is the theoretical standing of the social, economic and cultural rights. The authors largely agree in concluding that there is a human right to be free from poverty and that this right is massively violated by the present world economy whichcreates huge unfair imbalances in income and wealth among and within countries. This searing indictment of the status quo is all the more powerful as the authors endorsing it exemplify diverse philosophical methods and moral traditions and also highlight different aspects of poverty and globalinstitutional arrangements.This volume will be of great interest and value to academics working in the fields of philosophy, political science and international relations, as well as to undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines. It will also be a crucial aid and challenge to practitioners in internationalgovernmental organizations (such as the UN and its agencies) and NGOs who think of their work in human-rights terms. Indeed, in view of the magnitude of the human rights deficit at issue, any moral citizen has reason to engage with the arguments of this book. And the book makes this possible formost in that, throughout, even the most complex aspects of rights theory is discussed in clear, direct language, making the text accessible to specialists and lay readers alike

Author Notes

Thomas Pogge is Professor, Columbia University Political Science Department; Professorial Fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Australian National University (ANU); and Research Director in the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) at the University of Oslo.

Table of Contents

Thomas PoggeThomas PoggeTom CampbellJohn TasioulasAlvaro de VitaMarc FleurbaeyRegina KreideElizabeth AshfordAlan GewirthMarcelo AlegreLeif WenarSimon CaneyStephane ChauvierArjun SenguptaOsvaldo GuarigliaRoberto Gargarella
List of Contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 Severe Poverty as a Human Rights Violationp. 11
2 Poverty as a Violation of Human Rights: Inhumanity or Injustice?p. 55
3 The Moral Reality of Human Rightsp. 75
4 Inequality and Poverty in Global Perspectivep. 103
5 Poverty as a Form of Oppressionp. 133
6 Neglected Injustice: Poverty as a Violation of Social Autonomyp. 155
7 The Duties Imposed by the Human Right to Basic Necessitiesp. 183
8 Duties to Fulfill the Human Rights of the Poorp. 219
9 Extreme Poverty in a Wealthy World: What Justice Demands Todayp. 237
10 Responsibility and Severe Povertyp. 255
11 Global Poverty and Human Rights: The Case for Positive Dutiesp. 275
12 The Right to Basic Resourcesp. 303
13 Poverty Eradication and Human Rightsp. 323
14 Enforcing Economic and Social Human Rightsp. 345
15 The Right of Resistance in Situations of Severe Deprivationp. 359
Bibliographyp. 375
Indexp. 391