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    Global Justice
    Beyond International Equity


    Creating a new perspective for justice, this article investigates global dimensions seriously, in regard to the formation of international solidarity and the constructions of identity patterns that go beyond national borders. It seeks a way between the established approaches of “grand universalism” and “national particularism”, while avoiding over-arching generalizations on the one hand and simplistic assumptions about the subjection of individuals to a national framework on the other. Taking off from a critical discussion of Rawls’ idea of justice as fairness (where a hypothetical “original position” of human equity is the starting point), the own conception of “plural affiliation” becomes central for the formulation of a third alternative. This idea expresses the range of multiple identities accessible to individuals and makes “justice” applicable to a corresponding diversity of socio-political realities, independent of the idea of national frameworks.

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