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Discharging the moral responsibility for collective unjust enrichment in the global economy

Corvino, Fausto and Pirni, Alberto (2021) Discharging the moral responsibility for collective unjust enrichment in the global economy. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 36 (1). pp. 139-158. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In this article we wonder how a person can discharge the political responsibility for supporting and benefiting from unjust social structures. Firstly, we introduce the concept of structural injustice and defend it against three possible objections: ‘explanatory nationalism’, a diachronic interpretation of the benefits of industry-led growth, being part of a social structure does not automatically mean being responsible for its negative consequences. Then, we hold that both Iris Marion Young’s ‘social connection model’ and Robin Zheng’s ‘role-ideal model’ provide clear indications on how to unload responsibility for supporting/participating in unjust social structures, but fail to explain how to get rid of responsibility for unjust enrichment. We maintain that both models should be complemented with a global redistributive scheme that allows to disgorge the benefits that are unfairly obtained in the global economic system, besides undertaking collective transformative actions and assuming ideal-role responsibilities.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Corvino, Faustofausto.corvino@unito.it0000-0003-2954-4215
Pirni, Albertoalberto.pirni@santannapisa.it0000-0002-7134-4535
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: collective actions, consumers, responsibility, social roles, structural injustice, unjust enrichment.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2021 16:16
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 16:16
Item ID: 18726
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/THEORIA/article/view...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.21237
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: January 2021
Page Range: pp. 139-158
Volume: 36
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18726

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