Director – Global Justice Program at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University (professional)
Launched in 2008 by Thomas Pogge, the Global Justice Program unites an interdisciplinary group of scholars with the aim of taking morality seriously in shaping foreign policy and in negotiating transnational institutional arrangements. The program has a special interest in the evolution of severe poverty and its relationship with public health. The program supports the work of the Global Justice Fellows and their projects, including the Health Impact Fund and Academics Stand Against Poverty.
President, Director – Health Impact Fund (professional)
The Health Impact Fund (HIF) is a new way of stimulating research and development of life-saving pharmaceuticals. To provide wide access to the most effective pharmaceuticals, prices need to be affordable. Low prices, however, do not create strong incentives for innovators to invest in research and development. Financed mainly by governments, the HIF would offer pharmaceutical firms the option to be rewarded according to a new product’s health impact, if they agree to sell it at cost.
Author – Politics as Usual: What Lies Behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric (professional)
Worldwide, human lives are rapidly improving. Heavily promoted by Western governments and media, this comforting view of the world is widely shared, at least among the affluent. Pogge's book presents an alternative view: Poverty and oppression persist on a massive scale; political and economic inequalities are rising dramatically both intra-nationally and globally. A powerful moral analysis that shows what Western states would do if they really cared about the values they profess.
Author – World Poverty and Human Rights: Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reforms (professional)
Some 2.5 billion human beings live in severe poverty, deprived of such essentials as adequate nutrition, safe drinking water, basic sanitation, adequate shelter, literacy, and basic health care. Just 1 percent of the national incomes of the high-income countries would suffice to end severe poverty worldwide. Most citizens of affluent countries believe that we are doing nothing wrong. Thomas Pogge seeks to explain how this belief is sustained.
Author – John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice (professional)
John Rawls was one of the most important political philosophers of our time, and promises to be an enduring figure over the coming decades. Thomas Pogge's short introduction gives a thorough and concise presentation of the main outlines of Rawls's theory, introduces biographical information when necessary, and draws links between the Rawlsian enterprise and other important positions in moral and political philosophy.
Editor / Author – Global Financial Crisis: The Ethical Issues (professional)
The Global Financial Crisis is acknowledged to be the most severe economic downturn since the 1930s, and one that is unique in its underlying causes, its scope, and its wider social, political and economic implications. This volume explores some of the ethical issues that it has raised.
Editor / Author – Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right: Who Owes What to the Very Poor? (professional)
Collected here are 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 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 which creates huge unfair imbalances in income and wealth among and within countries.
Author – Global Justice: Seminal Essays (professional)
Global Justice is part of a two-volume set (with Global Ethics) that will aid in the study of global justice and global ethical issues with significant global dimensions. Some of those issues directly concern what individuals, countries, and other associations ought to do in response to various global problems, such as poverty, population growth, and climate change. Others concern the concepts that are commonly used to discuss such issues, such as "development" and "human rights."
Author – Global Ethics: Seminal Essays (professional)
Global Ethics, along with its companion volume Global Justice, will aid in the study of global justice and global ethical issues with significant global dimensions. In recent decades, literature on such issues has started to build up in the Western philosophical tradition. Until now, though, no up-to-date sample of this literature has been available. These two books, companion volumes sold separately, fill this gap by providing a sample of the best recent work on these themes.
Not only have Moellendorf and Pogge managed to gather all the seminal essays on global justice published in the last thirty years; equally importantly, their introduction sets out, clearly and lucidly, the termsâpast, present and future, of this debate. This collection of essays on global justice will undoubtedly become an essential teaching and researching tool. âCÃ©cile Fabre, Professor of Political Theory, University of Edinburgh
If the contributors to these two volumes helpÂ us to understand that poverty, which arguablyÂ poses the gravest threat to human life andÂ dignity today, is theÂ product of a deeply inequitious global order, they alsoÂ enable us toÂ thinkÂ throughÂ what our moral entitlements and duties in relation to these unjustÂ globalÂ arrangements are. These landmarkÂ volumes will be read,Â re-read, appreciated, and engaged withÂ forÂ times to come. Â âNeera Chandhoke, Professor University of Delhi
Pogge and Moellendorf have performed a great service by thoughtfully selecting a set of fundamental philosophical essays, written by distinguished moral and political theorists, and all addressed to the largest moral issues of our time: human rights, national and cosmopolitan identities, destitution, war, and the prospects of a more decent world. If you want to understand global justiceâand you shouldâthis is the place to start. âJoshua Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, and Law and Director of the Program on Global Justice, Stanford University (Joshua Cohen, Editor Boston Book Review, The)