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Alejandra Mancilla is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN), University of Oslo, Norway. She is the co-editor of Theories of Justice (2012), and her articles have appeared, among others, in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Res Publica, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
Acknowledgments/ 1. Reviving the Right of Necessity / Part I: Historical Accounts of the Right of Necessity / 2. The Right of Necessity as a Retreat to the Right of Common Use / 3. The Right of Necessity and the Pull of Self-preservation / Part II: The Right of Necessity and Global Poverty / 4. Justifying the Right of Necessity / 5. Content, Form and Conditions / 6. The Overdemandingness Objection / 7. The Right of Necessity within Moral Cosmopolitanism / Bibliography / Index
A valuable and thought-provoking book.
— Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
This is a theoretically sophisticated and conceptually innovative book which posits a cosmopolitan right of necessity and explores what responses are permissibly available to the poor in forcing change to unjust structures of poverty. This is a truly groundbreaking book that will no doubt arouse cosmopolitan reflection and debate about one of the most pressing issues facing the human condition.
— Garrett Wallace Brown, Reader in Political Theory, Global Ethics and Global Health Policy, University of Sheffield
In contexts where unjust structures perpetuate deprivation or those who have responsibilities to assist fail to do so, what may those in need do to satisfy their basic right to subsistence? In this impressive work Alejandra Mancilla explores this question of high contemporary relevance and provides a welcome contribution to current debates on global justice.
— Gillian Brock, Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland, New Zealand
The Right of Necessity is philosophical argument at its best: direct, challenging, clearly written, and focused on an issue of utmost importance. Mancilla revives a traditional ethical view and shows its relevance to the world today. Future discussions about an ethical response to global poverty will need to take account of The Right of Necessity.
— Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University and author of The Life You Can Save
This text aims to prove the existence of one basic right – a right of necessity – derivable both from our understanding of natural rights and from prevailing theories of property rights. The right has the direct implications of permitting the taking and using of others’ property for survival. And it can be treated as an anchoring-point for cosmopolitan political theory and theories of global justice. The argument is persuasive ad the text itself is a model of methodological and argumentative economy. The book will be o interest to those working on human rights, cosmopolitanism, global justice and political theory.
— Ethical Perspectives, Issue 24, September 2017
[...] an engaging book which brings a very worthwhile idea with real world implications to a debate of utmost urgency. […] The book delivers a very clearly argued case for a right that has been neglected for too long, a right that should be high on the agenda for all moral cosmopolitans. Highly recommended.
— Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
|Makes a substantive contribution to debates in global justice by looking at the problem of global poverty from a novel perspective.|
|Foregrounds the concept of a right of necessity through a well-informed historical analysis.|
|Offers an innovative moral analysis of contemporary cases and encourages the reader to rethink the practical implications of subsistence rights.|
Ideal for advanced-level students looking for a guide to this complex and timely issue.