Cutting the Gordian Knot of World Poverty: Thomas Pogge's Alexandrian Solution Cover Image

Presecanje Gordijevog čvora svetskog siromaštva: aleksandrijsko rešenje Tomasa Pogea
Cutting the Gordian Knot of World Poverty: Thomas Pogge's Alexandrian Solution

Author(s): Marko Konjović
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju
Keywords: global poverty; Thomas Pogge; negative duty; harming; negative right; participation; political represenation

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, the author analyzes Thomas Pogge's thesis that citizens of affluent countries are violating the negative right of the global poor not to be harmed by lending their support to the current global institutional order. The author argues, however, that Pogge's argument is unsatisfactory because he makes an unjustified leap from collective to individual responsibility. The author begins by assessing Pogge's argument so as to elucidate the leap. Subsequently, the author examines two proposals which could complete his argument; nonetheless, the author argues that both proposals are unsatisfactory. The first suggestion - the participation argument - contains two conceptual inadequacies; moreover, if we were to accept this argument, we would also be committed to accepting an unsavory implication. Taking cue from Thomas Nagel's "rule in our name" argument, the author develops Pogge's second suggestion - the political representation argument - that promises to bridge the gap in Pogge's thinking. The issues of misrepresentation and of underrepresentation, however, undermine this proposal too.

  • Issue Year: 25/2014
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 290-312
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Serbian