Discharging the moral responsibility for collective unjust enrichment in the global economy

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Published 16-02-2021
Fausto Corvino
Alberto Pirni

Abstract

In this article we wonder how a person can discharge the political responsibility for supporting and benefiting from unjust social structures. Firstly, we introduce the concept of structural injustice and defend it against three possible objections: ‘explanatory nationalism’, a diachronic interpretation of the benefits of industry-led growth, being part of a social structure does not automatically mean being responsible for its negative consequences. Then, we hold that both Iris Marion Young’s ‘social connection model’ and Robin Zheng’s ‘role-ideal model’ provide clear indications on how to unload responsibility for supporting/participating in unjust social structures, but fail to explain how to get rid of responsibility for unjust enrichment. We maintain that both models should be complemented with a global redistributive scheme that allows to disgorge the benefits that are unfairly obtained in the global economic system, besides undertaking collective transformative actions and assuming ideal-role responsibilities.


How to Cite

Corvino, F., & Pirni, A. (2021). Discharging the moral responsibility for collective unjust enrichment in the global economy. THEORIA, 36(1), 139–158. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.21237
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Keywords

collective actions, consumers, responsibility, social roles, structural injustice, unjust enrichment

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