Gillian Brock's Global Justice is a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on international ethics. For a number of years now, Brock has concentrated on this theoretically vexing and practically important area, and, as this book amply demonstrates, she is among the most sophisticated and informed theorists working on this topic.

One of the first things to appreciate about this book is its distinctive aims and methodology. Most who write on global justice can be divided into two camps, depending upon whether they conceive of themselves as doing ‘ideal’ theory or ‘applied’ philosophy. (Theorists who concentrate on ideal theory often eschew the more practical questions in order to avoid being held hostage to what they regard as an unjust status — or statist — quo, while those drawn to the more applied questions lament how little guidance our ideal prescriptions supply to those who seek to...

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