Armstrong’s resource - egalitarian theory and attachment

  • The paper analyses the interrelationship between Armstrong’s egalitarian theory and his treatment of the ‘attachment theory’ of resources, which is the dominant rival theory of resources that his theory is pitched against. On Armstrong’s theory, egalitarianism operates as a default position, from which special claims would need to be justified, but he also claims to be able to incorporate ‘attachment’ into his theory. The general question explored in the paper is the extent to which ‘attachment’ claims can be ‘married’ to an egalitarian theory. The more specific argument is that a properly constrained attachment theory is more plausible than Armstrong’s egalitarian theory. Armstrong’s paper also criticizes attachment and improvement accounts as justifying permanent sovereignty over resources. This paper argues that neither of those arguments aim to justify the international doctrine of permanent sovereignty.

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Author:Margaret Moore
Parent Title (English):Global justice : theory, practice, rhetoric
Publisher:The Global Justice Network
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/07/24
Date of first Publication:2021/07/24
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/23
Tag:attachment; egalitarianism; international global justice; natural resources; permanent sovereignty
Page Number:13
First Page:67
Last Page:79
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht