Publication details for Professor Thom BrooksBrooks, Thom (2011). Rethinking Remedial Responsibilities. Ethics & Global Politics 4(3): 195-202.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1654-4951, 1654-6369
- DOI: 10.3402/egp.v4i3.7140
- Keywords: Global justice; nationalism; Miller; identity; distributive justice; severe poverty
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
How should we determine which nations have a responsibility to remedy suffering elsewhere? The problem is pressing because, following David Miller, ‘[it] is morally intolerable if (remediable) suffering and deprivation are allowed to continue . . . where they exist we are morally bound to hold somebody (some person or collective agent) responsible for relieving them’. Miller offers a connection theory of remedial responsibilities in response to this problem, a theory he has been developing over the last decade. This theory is meant to serve as a guide on how we can best determine which nations are remedially responsible for alleviating suffering and deprivation elsewhere. Miller’s theory entails our following a procedure in order to determine remedial responsibility for nations. The problem is that there is an important flaw in this procedure, a flaw that previous critiques have overlooked. This essay will explain this flaw and how Miller’s theory might be reformulated into a two-tiered procedure that would take better account of this problem.