Had we but world enough, and time: Integrating the dimensions of global justice

Tim Hayward, Yukinori Iwaki

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Requirements for a decent life are to be found in the dimensions both of human time and ecological space. While the latter has attracted attention from some global justice theorists, the former is a comparably neglected matter. This paper aims to integrate temporal and ecological perspectives in order to provide an enriched conceptual framework for grasping what global justice means today. We begin by showing that while contemporary political philosophy tends to assume a somewhat undifferentiated conception of time, treating temporal justice as a future-oriented concern distinct from issues of intra-generational justice, there are richer understandings to be found in some influential schools of critical social theory. Drawing then, particularly, on Alf Hornborg’s theory of ‘unequal exchange of time and space’, and supplementing this with insights from David Harvey, we analyse three ways in which disadvantage can be perpetrated in the dimension of time. We then show how those categories of temporal disadvantage broadly correspond with the three basic rights identified by Henry Shue. On this basis, we claim there is a strong argument for regarding temporality as an integral aspect of global justice here and now, for the generation already – although too often precariously – living.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-399
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number4
Early online date22 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • global justice
  • time and space
  • ecological space
  • time-space compression
  • unequal exchange
  • basic rights


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