GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Frank ARAGBONFOH ABUMERE

The GEM PhD School offers me the opportunity to carry out a doctoral research on Globalization, EU and Multilateralism in a multicultural, cosmopolitan and highly rated academic environment. The experience so far is excellent.


Title of Thesis: Different Perspectives on Global Justice: A Fusion of Horizons

Usually political philosophers and theorists look at global justice from only one perspective. For instance, cosmopolitans look at global justice from only the cosmopolitan perspective, statists look at global justice from only the statist perspective, so on and so forth. In fact, such political philosophers and theorists think that their own perspective is the only or best way to look at global justice. In other words, they think that their perspective is at once necessary and sufficient to look at global justice. But the thesis contends that there is no one perspective that is at once necessary and sufficient to look at global justice; while each perspective is necessary, none is sufficient. Hence we need a fusion of horizons; using a multi-theoretical or multi-perspective lenses to look at global justice.

 

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Academic Degrees

Master of Arts, Philosophy, University of London, London, 2010

Certificates, Peace and Humanitarian Operations,Peace Operations Training Institute, Williamsburg, VA., 2010.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2008.

Work Experience

 

Assistant Editor, The Roar, LJC, Abuja, Nigeria, 2010-2011.

Teacher, Faculty of Humanities, Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, Nigeria, 2010-2011

Coordinator, Youth Alive, lagos, Nigeria, 2008-2009.

Specific Research Title, Area and Promotor(s)

 

RESEARCH AREA

Global Justice

 

SPECIFIC RESEARCH TITLE

Different Perspectives on Global Justice; A Fusion of Horizons

 

PROMOTERS

  • Prof. Sebastiano Maffettone, LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy
  • TBC

Description of research work


Usually political philosophers and theorists look at global justice from only one perspective. For instance, cosmopolitans look at global justice from only the cosmopolitan perspective, statists look at global justice from only the statist perspective, so on and so forth. In fact, such political philosophers and theorists think that their own perspective is the only or best way to look at global justice. In other words, they think that their perspective is at once necessary and sufficient to look at global justice. But the thesis contends that there is no one perspective that is at once necessary and sufficient to look at global justice; while each perspective is necessary, none is sufficient. Hence we need a fusion of horizons; using a multi-theoretical or multi-perspective lenses to look at global justice. Using Nigeria as a case study and resource curse as a case of global justice in which no one perspective of global justice is sufficient, I use cosmopolitanism to look at the role of individuals, statism to look at the role of states (particularly the Nigerian state), and adopt an international relations theory – political realism – to look at the role of the international system. The thesis is divided into eight chapters. The first and eighth chapters are the introduction and the conclusion respectively. The second and third chapters are the literature review and case study respectively. While the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh chapters deal with the central arguments of the thesis.

 

So far, I have done the first half of the thesis - the first four chapters. I will spend the next one and half years working on the second half - the last four chapters - of the thesis.

 

Participation in Conferences and Seminars

Resource Curse and the Nigerian Context, (at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Temp Site) Awka, Anambra, Nigeria, August 2012.

Resource Curse and the Nigerian Context, (at the Meeting of Future Nigerian Leaders), Marble Arch, Awka, Nigeria, August, 2012.

Resource Curse and the Nigerian Context (at the Meeting of Citizens of Goodwill) Mararaba, Nasarawa, Nigeria, September, 2012.

Resource Curse and the Nigerian Context (at the Meeting of Conscientious Nigerians), Nyanya, Abuja, Nigeria, September, 2012.

GEM Seminar, University of Geneva, February, 2012.

 

Overview of Publications

 

Multiculturalism: A Means to Prevent Conflict in Nigeria

Thomas Hobbes, Freedom and Commonwealth

Is There Any One Conception of Freedom that is at Once Necessary and Sufficient?

Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism: The Question of Special Treatment

The Implausibility of the Nozickean Theory of Property Ownership