The Conundrum of Responsibility for Structural Injustice
Iris Marion Young provided an inventive way of looking at global and local issues of social justice. Arguing that many of these problems are the result of ‘social structural processes’, Young believed that traditional thinking about responsibility, which Young calls the ‘liability model’, cannot – by itself – adequately comprehend responsibility for instances of ‘structural injustice’. For this reason, Young invented another model for responsibility: the ‘social connection model’. This thesis will first reconstruct Young’s thinking about structural injustice, and her description of the two models for responsibility. Subsequently, I illustrate why I disagree with Young’s descriptions of social structural processes and the liability model, and argue that this model could play a larger role in comprehending responsibility for structural injustice.
Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen