Thomas Pogge

Thomas Pogge is a German political philosopher who is world-famous for his writings on global justice and poverty. Currently Director of the Global Justice Program and Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, Pogge was a student of John Rawls and his early work aimed to defend and refine Rawlsian principles of justice. He has since gone on to apply these principles to questions of poverty and development, arguing in his highly regarded Polity book World Poverty and Human Rights that the enormous global chasm between rich and poor is perpetuated by an international order that allows corrupt regimes to maintain their power. He sought to examine why this situation is regarded as unproblematic by many citizens in affluent countries and to probe their responsibility for this massive global injustice. He has also promoted practical schemes to relieve poverty, such as a Health Impact Fund to tackle worldwide disease.