Prof. Dr. Darrel Moellendorf - Publications


    • Mobilizing Hope: Climate Change and Global Poverty in the 21st Century, forthcoming with Oxford University Press, 2022.

    • Jurisprudence, Juta, 2004. Co-edited with Christopher J. Roederer. 

  • Cosmopolitan Justice, Westview Press, 2002. Subject of an Author-meets-critics session at the Pacific Division APA, 2003. The session proceedings are published in International Journal of Ethics and Politics 3:2, 2003. It is also the sole subject of an issue of Theoria 104, 2004. Reviews published in Choice; Imprints; New Political Science; Perspectives on Politics; Res Publica; South African Journal on Human Rights; South African Journal of Philosophy; Teaching Philosophy; and Utilitas.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Articles & Chapters — Climate Change and Environmental Philosophy

“Climate Change, Policy, and Justice” in Birgit Blättel-Mink ed., Nachhaltige Entwicklung in einer Gesellschaftes Umbruchs, Springer Verlag, forthcoming.

“Ethical Choices behind Quantifications of Fair Contributions under the Paris Agreement,” Nature Climate Change 11, 2021, 300-305. Co-authors Siva Kartha, Tom Athansiou, Simon Caney, Elizabeth Cripps, Kate Dooley, Vroz K. Dubash, Teng Fei, Paul G. Harris, Christian Holz, Bård Lahn, Benito Müller, J. Timmons Roberts, Ambuj Sagar, Henry Shue, Peter Singer, and Harald Winkler.

“Assessing Climate Policies: Catastrophe Avoidance and the Right to Sustainable Development” forthcoming in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Co-author Daniel Callies.

Three Interpretations of the Anthropocene: Hope and Anxiety at the End of Nature” Ethics, Politics, and Society, 3, 2020. .

Responsibility for Increasing Mitigation Ambition in Light of the Right to Sustainable Development” Fudan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 13, 2020, 181-192.

“Distributive Justice and Climate Change Economics, ” Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltforschung, 2020. Heft 1. Co-author Axel Schaffer and Sebastian Brun.

The Cry of the Earth and The Cry of the Poor,” in Robert McKim ed. Laudatory Si and The Environment: Pope Francis' Green Encyclical (London: Routledge, 2019).

“Development and Climate Ethics” in Anabelle Lever and Andrei Paoma, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy (London: Routledge, 2018).

“Justice in Mitigation After Paris,” in Colleen Murphy, Pablo Gandoni, and Robert McKim, eds. Climate Change and Its Impacts: Risks and Inequalities (New York: Springer, 2018).

“Cascading Biases against Poorer Countries,” letter, Nature Climate Change 8, 2018, 348-349. Co-authors Siva Kartha, Tom Athansiou, Simon Caney, Elizabeth Cripps, Kate Dooley, Vroz K. Dubash, Teng Fei, Paul G. Harris, Christian Holz, Bård Lahn, Benito Müller, J. Timmons Roberts, Ambuj Sagar, Henry Shue, Peter Singer, and Harald Winkler.

“Justice and Climate Change” in Jonathan Wolff, ed. Readings in Moral Philosophy (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2017).

“Progress, Destruction, and the Anthropocene”, Social Philosophy and Policy, 34:2, 2017, 66-88.

“An Intergenerationally Fair Path to 2ºC”, Climatic Change, 143:3, 2017, 213-226. Co-Author Axel Schaffer.

“Equalizing the Intergenerational Burdens of Climate Change — An Alternative to Discounted Utilitarianism” Midwest Studies in Philosophy XL, 2016, 43-62. Co-Author Axel Schaffer.

Taking UNFCCC Norms Seriously” in Dominic Roser and Jennifer Heyward eds. Climate Change and Non-Ideal Theory, Oxford University Press, 2016, 104-124.

Can Dangerous Climate Change Be Avoided,” Global Justice Theory Practice Rhetoric 8 2016.

Climate Change Justice,” Philosophy Compass, online, March 2015, 173-186.

“Beyond Discounted Utilitarianism — Just Distribution of Climate Costs,” Karlsruher Beitäge zur Wirtschaftspolitischen Forschung34, 2014, 185-203. Co-author Axel Schaffer.

“Responsibility and the Right to Sustainable Development in Climate Change Treaty Deliberations” in Marcello Di Paola and Gianfranco Pellegrino eds. Canned Heat: The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change, Routledge, forthcoming 2014.

“Climate Change and Global Justice,” WIREs Climate Change, on line, Feb. 1, 2012.

A Normative Account of Dangerous Climate Change,” Climatic Change, 108:1, 2011, 57-72.

“A Right to Sustainable Development,” The Monist, 94:3, July 2011, 433-452.

Common Atmospheric Ownership and Equal Emissions Entitlements,” in Denis Arnold ed. The Ethics of Global Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 104-123.

“Treaty Norms and Climate Change Mitigation,” Ethics and International Affairs, 23:3, Fall 2009, 247-265. Also available on line at

“Justice and the Intergenerational Assignment of the Costs of Climate Change,” Journal of Social Philosophy, 40:2, 2009, 204-224.

Articles & Chapters — War

“Two Conceptions of Proportionality for Jus ex Bello,” in Graham Parker and Mark Wilson eds. How to End a War, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Ending Wars” in Helen Frowe and Seth Lazar eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Ethics of War, Oxford University Press, 2018.

“Two Doctrines of Jus ex Bello,” Ethics 125:3, 2015, 653-673.

“Jus ex Bello in Afghanistan,” Ethics and International Affairs, 25:2, 2011, 155-164.

“Jus ex Bello,” Journal of Political Philosophy, 16:2, 2008, 123-136.

“Is the War in Afghanistan Just?” Imprints A Journal of Analytical Socialism, 6:2, 2002. Also available on line at

“Marxism, Internationalism, and the Justice of War,” Science and Society, 58:3, Fall 1994, 264-286.

Articles & Chapters — Global Justice

Economic Contagion and Pro-Poor Social Epidemiology” Journal of Social Philosophy, 52, 2021, 270-284.

“Real World Global Egalitarianism” in Robin Eckersley and Chris Brown ed. Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).

“Global Distributive Justice: The Cosmopolitan Point of View,” in David Held and Pietro Maffettone eds. Global Political Theory (London: Polity Press, 2016).

Anti-Poverty, Development, and the Limits of Progress” (Contribution to a special issue on Poverty, Ethics, and Justice by Hennie Lötter), Res Publica, published online 2016. doi:10.1007/s11158-016-9329-y.

Can a Liberal State Make Access to Medical Education Conditional on Public Service?” (Contribution to a special issue on Debating Brain Drain by Gillian Brock and Michael Blake), Moral Philosophy and Politics, 3:1, 2016, 45-54.
“Global Ethics Then and Now”, Journal of Global Ethics, 10:3, 2014, 319-325. Co-author Heather Widdows.

“Transcendental Institutionalism and Global Justice,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 16:2, 2013, 162-178.

Human Dignity, Associative Duties, and Egalitarian Global Justice,” in Gillian Brock ed. Cosmopolitanism For and Against, Oxford University Press, 2013, 222-238.

“Cosmopolitanism and Compatriot Duties,” The Monist, 94:4, October 2011, 535-554.

“Why Global Inequality Matters,” Journal of Social Philosophy, 42:1, 2011, 99-109.

“Human Dignity, Respect, and Global Inequality,” Journal of Global Ethics 6:3, December 2010, 339-352.

“Menschenwürde, Gleichheit und globale Gerechtigkeit,” in Christoph Broszies and Henning Hahn eds., Globale Gerechtigkeit, Suhrkamp Verlag. 2010, 302-328.

“Absolute Poverty and Global Inequality,” in Elke Mack, et al. eds., Absolute Poverty and Global Justice: Empirical Data, Moral Theories, and Initiatives,  Ashgate, 2009, 121-132.

“Brock on the Justification, Content, and Application of Global Justice,” Journal of Global Ethics, 5:3, December 2009, 261-268.

“Global Inequality and Injustice,” Journal of International Development, 21, 2009, 1125-1136.

“La Justice et les Associations,” Philosophiques, 34:1 Summer 2007, 61-75.

“Equal Respect and Global Egalitarianism,” Social Theory and Practice, 32:4, Oct. 2006, 601-616.

“Equality of Opportunity Globalized,” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, XIX: 2, July 2006, 301-318.

“The World Trade Organization and Egalitarian Justice,” Metaphilosophy, 36:1, January 2005, 145-162. Reprinted in Christian Barry and Thomas W. Pogge, eds., Global Institutions and Responsibilities: Achieving Global Justice, Blackwell, 2005, 141-158.

“Persons’ Interests, States’ Duties, and Global Governance,” in Harry Brighouse and Gillian Brock, eds., The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, Cambridge University Press, 2005, 148-163.

“Global Justice and the WTO,” in Patrick Hayden and Chamsy el-Ojeili, eds., Confronting Globalisation: Humanity, Justice and the Renewal of Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 242-257.

“Cosmopolitan Justice Reconsidered,” Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 104, 2004, 203-225.

Reply to Miller and Satz,” International Journal of Politics and Ethics, 3:2, 2003, 253-268.

“Imperialism,” Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Dan Callahan, Peter Singer, and Ruth Chadwick, eds., Academic Press, 1997, 651-658. Second edition 2012.

“Liberalism, Nationalism, and the Right to Secede,” Philosophical Forum, XXVIII:1-2, Fall-Winter 1996-1997, 87-97.

Articles & Chapters — Rawls

“Assistance, duty of,” “Cosmopolitanism,” and “Outlaw states” in Jon Mandle and David Riedy eds. A Rawls Lexicon, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 162-168; 226-228; 586-587.

Just War,” in Jon Mandle and David Riedy eds. A Companion to Rawls, Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2014.

“Constructing the Law of Peoples,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 77:2, June 1996, 132-154. Reprinted in Chandran Kukathas, ed., John Rawls: Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers, Routledge, 2002; and in Thomas Pogge and Darrel Moellendorf, eds., Global Justice: Seminal Essays, Paragon, 2008.

Articles & Chapters — Hope

“Hoffnung und Gründe” in Rainer Forst and Klaus Gunther, eds. Normative Ordnungen, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2021, 648-671. English version "Hope and Reasons" available here.

Hope in Political Philosophy,” Philosophy Compass, April 2020. Co-authors: Jakob Huber and Claudia Blöser.

Hope for Material Progress in the Age of the Anthropocene” in Claudia Blöser and Titus Stahl, eds. The Moral Psychology of Hope (London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

“Reconciliation as a Political Value,” Journal of Social Philosophy, 38:2, 2007, 205-221.

“Hope as a Political Virtue,” Philosophical Papers, 35:7, Nov. 2006, 413-433.

Articles & Chapters — Miscellaneous

“Egalitarian Liberalism and Poverty,” in William A. Galston and Peter Hoffenberg  eds., Poverty and Morality: Religious and Secular Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 220-241.

“World Ownership, Self-Ownership, and Equality in Georgist Philosophy,” International Journal of Social Economics, 36:4, 2009, 473-488.

“Marxism and the Law,” in Christopher J. Roederer and Darrel Moellendorf, eds., Jurisprudence, Juta, 2004.

“Globalisation and the Law,” in Christopher J. Roederer and Darrel Moellendorf, eds., Jurisprudence, Juta, 2004.

“Capitalist Exploitation, Self-Ownership, and Equality,” Philosophical Forum, XXXII:3, Fall 2001. Co-authors Michael Pendlebury and Peter Hudson, 207-220.

“The Distribution of Medical Resources, Withholding Medical Treatment, Drug Trials, Advance Directives, Euthanasia, and Other Ethical Issues: The Thandi Case, Pt. 2,” Teaching Bioethics Section, Developing World Bioethics, 1:2, Nov. 2001. Co-authors Trefor Jenkins and Udo Schüklenk, 163-173.

“Privacy, Abortion, Resource Allocation and Other Ethical Issues: The Thandi Case, Pt. 1,” Teaching Bioethics Section, Developing World Bioethics, 1:1, May 2001. Co-authors Trefor Jenkins and Udo Schüklenk, 70-82.

“Consensus and Cognitivism in Habermas’s Discourse Ethics,” South African Journal of Philosophy, 19:2, June 2000, 65-74.

“Liberal Values and Socialist Models,” Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 89, June 1997, 65-77.

“Racism and Rationality in Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit,” History of Political Thought, XIII:2, Winter 1992, 243-255.

“A Re-construction of Hegel's Account of Freedom of the Will,” Owl of Minerva, 24:1, Fall 1992, 5-18. Reprinted in David Lamb, ed., Hegel, vol. 2, Ashgate Publishing Co., 1999.

“The Contribution of Infrastructure Investment to the Integration of the Poor into the Economy,” Occasional Paper, Development Bank of South Africa, Publication 16110, Oct. 1997. Co-authors Patrick Bond and Thomas Mogale.


Book Reviews

Review of Aaron James, Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy in Mind, 122:486, 2013, 548-553.

Review of Colleen Murphy, A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation in Ethics, 122:1, October 2011, 198-20.

Review of Deen K. Chaterjee, ed., The Ethics of Assistance in Philosophical Review, 116:2, 2007, 287-293.

Review of David Schweickart’s Against Capitalism in Canadian Philosophical Review, 15:5, Oct. 1998.

Review of Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello, Global Village or Global Pillage: Economic Reconstruction From Ground Up in Capitalism Nature and Socialism, 6:4, 1995.


Commissioned Papers

“Liberal Egalitarianism and Poverty,” Ethikon Institute, 2007.

“Equal Natural Rights to Property and Climate Change,” for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 2007.

“World Ownership, Self-Ownership, and Equality in Georgist Philosophy” for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 2005.

“Just War Theory,” for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1996.


Non-peer Reviewed Articles and Interviews

Interviewed about geo-engineering on “These Days” KPBS radio show. Available on line at

“The Ethics of Geo-engineering,” Ch. 6 TV, the CW, Morning News, San Diego, Oct. 4, 2010.

“Should We Use Technology to Fight Global Warming,” These Days, KPBS radio, Sept. 29, 2010.

“Limping towards Cancun,” Dissent on-line edition, May 2010. Available on line at

Interviewed about the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen for Ethics and International Affairs, March 2010. Podcast available on line at

Curbing Carbon, Sustaining Development: The Tensions in Climate Change Mitigation” Dissent on-line edition, December 2009. Available on line at

Interviewed for article about being placed on Masada 2000’s “Self-Hating Israel Threat List (, Jewish Currents, May 2007. Available online at

Occasional blogger at Dissent on line.