As a fascinating study of global justice in Asia, this book presents a series of contributions reflecting upon the conditions of a greater involvement of East Asian traditions of thought in the debate on global justice.

Including chapters on diverse issues such as global social inequalities, human rights practice and the functioning of international institutions, this book examines the political cultures of East Asia in order to help political theorists better appraise the distinctiveness of non‐Western ideas of justice. Confirming the persistence of a strong social ethos, the contributions also demonstrate the long-lasting influence of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism in shaping East Asian public conceptions of justice.

Bringing much needed non-Western voices to the global justice debate, this book will appeal to students and scholars of politics, law and philosophy, as well as activists involved in the global justice movement.

chapter |19 pages


part 1|52 pages

Critical reflections on parochialism and Western-centrism

part 2|52 pages

Contextual appraisal

chapter 4|15 pages

Anticipating global justice

Confucianism and Mohism in Classical China

part 3|66 pages

East Asian insights into global justice

chapter 7|14 pages

All-under-Heaven and liberty

chapter 8|17 pages

A Confucian “Law of Peoples”

Mencius’s thought on global justice 1

chapter 9|13 pages

Global justice without a center

Reappraisal of tianxia with non-domination

chapter 10|20 pages

A topography of Japanese socialism

Kōtoku Shūsui and global justice