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Distributive Justice and Public Health: Examining Pandemic Obligations to the Global Poor

  • Author / Creator
    Stever, Kimberley A.
  • Pandemics pose a unique set of health risks and ethical concerns. Increased global mobility, coupled with the fast moving nature of pandemics, ensures that these infectious diseases pose a serious health threat to all persons, regardless of geographical location. Some societies, however, are better equipped to combat pandemics as a result of a more developed public health infrastructure. This paper is an investigation whether a case can be made for considerations of justice between the affluent nations and the least affluent nations of the world when it comes to pandemic relief. Specifically, it examines whether liberal theories of distributive justice, as proposed by John Rawls, Norman Daniels and Thomas Pogge, are capable of supporting a duty to provide pandemic relief to the least affluent nations.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3X63BD7B
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Philosophy
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Griener, Glenn(Philosophy)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Barton, Sylvia (Public Health)
    • Nye, Howard (Philosophy)
    • Welchman, Jennifer (Philosophy)