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Julian Culp
American University of Paris
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The practice-independent approach to theorizing justice holds that the social practices to which a particular conception of justice is meant to apply are of no importance for the justification of such a conception. In this paper I argue that this approach to theorizing justice is incompatible with the method of reflective equilibrium because the MRE is antithetical to a clean separation between issues of justification and application. In particular I will be maintaining that this incompatibility renders Simon Caney’s cosmopolitan theory of global justice inconsistent, because Caney claims to endorse both a humanity-centered PIA and the MRE.
Keywords Simon Caney   Method of Reflective Equilibrium   Humanity   Justice   Practice-dependence   John Rawls
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DOI 10.5007/1677-2954.2016v15n1p50
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