Rebecca Gutwald (Munich) edited a book review symposium on our book A Philosophical Examination of Social Justice and Child Poverty (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) in the latest issue of Ethical Perspectives. The contributors are Colin Macleod (Vistoria), Krushil Watene (Massey), and Chris Neuhäuser (Dortmund). Gunter and I are thankful for the offered criticism and we respond to the main points in our rejoinder.
The review symposium is, unfortunately, behind a paywall, but I provide the unformatted text here for download.
New Paper (open access): The duty to bring children living in conflict zones to a safe haven
This paper of mine is part of a Special Issue in the Journal of Global Ethics on Refugee Crisis: The Borders of Human Mobility, edited by Melina Duarte, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Serena Parekh & Annamari Vitikainen. It was published open access, thanks to support from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). You find the abstract below and can access the paper for free here:
Abstract: In this paper, I will discuss a children’s rights-based argument for the duty of states, as a joint effort, to establish an effective program to help bring children out of conflict zones, such as parts of Syria, and to a safe haven. Children are among the most vulnerable subjects in violent conflicts who suffer greatly and have their human rights brutally violated as a consequence. Furthermore, children are also a group whose capacities to protect themselves are very limited, while their chance to flee is most often only slim. I will then discuss three counterarguments: the first counterargument would be that, instead of getting the children out of a particular country, it would be better to improve their situation in their home countries. A second counterargument could be that those states, which have such a duty to bring children to a safe haven, would be overburdened by it. Finally, the third counterargument I want to discuss states that such a duty would also demand a military intervention, which could worsen the situation even further.
I am a social and political philosopher.