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Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought


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Whereas the interrelation of ethics and political thought has been recognized since the dawn of political reflection, we have witnessed over the last 60 years – roughly since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a particularly turbulent process of dilating, indeed globalizing, the coverage and application of that interrelation. At the very instant the decolonized globe consolidated the universality of the sovereign nation-state, that sovereignty – and the political thought that grounded it – was eroded and outstripped, not as in eras past, by imperial conquest and war, but rather by instruments of peace (charters, declarations, treaties, conventions), commerce and communication (multinational enterprises, international media, global aviation and transport, internet technologies).

Has political theory kept apace with global political realities? Can ethical reflection illuminate the murky challenges of real global politics?

The book series 'Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought' addresses these crucial questions by bringing together outstanding texts interrogating the intersection of normative theorizing and political realities with a global focus. The volumes discuss key aspects of the contemporary chiasmus of the local and the global – social movements and global justice, folkways and human rights, poverty and sustainability, rural realities and the cosmopolitan hyperreal.

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What is Pluralism?

What is Pluralism?

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Volker Kaul, Ingrid Salvatore
June 05, 2020

Is pluralism inherent to the human condition? Does it have its origins in the diversity of cultures? Are disagreements among individuals the same as disagreements among societies? Focusing on these critical questions essential to the understanding of modern societies, this book traces the...

International Toleration: A Theory

International Toleration: A Theory

1st Edition

Pietro Maffettone
March 19, 2020

This book proposes a theory of toleration wherein liberal democracies peacefully co-exist with non-democratic societies. It conceptualises international toleration in a way that is both faithful to the liberal tradition and at the same time explains why we should accept some nonliberal and...

Secularism, Religion, and Politics: India and Europe

Secularism, Religion, and Politics: India and Europe

1st Edition

Peter Losonczi, Walter Van Herck
June 14, 2019

This book highlights the relationship between the state and religion in India and Europe. It problematizes the idea of secularism and questions received ideas about secularism. It also looks at how Europe and India can learn from each other about negotiating religious space and identity in this...

Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age

Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age

1st Edition

Sonika Gupta, Sudarsan Padmanabhan
June 14, 2019

This book offers a unique reconceptualization of cosmopolitanism. It examines several themes that inform politics in a globalized era, including global governance, international law, citizenship, constitutionalism, community, domesticity, territory, sovereignty, and nationalism. The volume explores...

Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change

Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change

1st Edition

Marcello Di Paola, Gianfranco Pellegrino
June 14, 2019

Climate change is a key challenge in the contemporary world. This volume studies climate change through many lenses: politics, law, ethics, philosophy, religion, and contemporary art and culture. The essays explore alternatives for sustainable development and highlight oft-overlooked issues, such...

Formatting Religion: Across Politics, Education, Media, and Law

Formatting Religion: Across Politics, Education, Media, and Law

1st Edition

Marius Timmann Mjaaland
February 21, 2019

To talk about religion is to talk about politics, identity, terrorism, migration, gender, and a host of other aspects of society. This volume examines and engages with larger debates around religion and proposes a new approach that moves beyond the usual binaries to analyse its role in our...

Religion and Civil Society in the Arab World: In the Vortex of Globalization and Tradition

Religion and Civil Society in the Arab World: In the Vortex of Globalization and Tradition

1st Edition

Tania Haddad, Elie Al Hindy
June 19, 2018

This book examines the links between civil society, religion and politics in the Middle East and North Africa region. The chapters in the volume explore the role of religion in shaping and changing the public sphere in regions that are developing and/or in conflict. They also discuss how these...

Human Rights in Postcolonial India

Human Rights in Postcolonial India

1st Edition

Om Prakash Dwivedi, V. G. Julie Rajan
January 24, 2018

This volume looks at human rights in independent India through frameworks comparable to those in other postcolonial nations in the Global South. It examines wide-ranging issues that require immediate attention such as those related to disability, violence, torture, education, LGBT, neoliberalism,...

Between Ethics and Politics: New Essays on Gandhi

Between Ethics and Politics: New Essays on Gandhi

1st Edition

Eva Pföstl
January 21, 2016

Is it possible to build an authentically democratic system in politics without concrete ethical foundations? Addressing this question in the wake of the contemporary crisis in democracy worldwide, the volume re-evaluates Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s key thoughts. It foregrounds their relevance to...

Deprovincializing Habermas: Global Perspectives

Deprovincializing Habermas: Global Perspectives

1st Edition

Tom Bailey
January 21, 2016

This volume engages with Jürgen Habermas’s political theory from critical perspectives beyond its Western European origins. In particular, it explores the challenges of democratizing, decolonizing and desecularizing his theory for global contexts, and proposes ‘deprovincializing’ reformulations for...

Conflict Society and Peacebuilding: Comparative Perspectives

Conflict Society and Peacebuilding: Comparative Perspectives

1st Edition

Raffaele Marchetti, Nathalie Tocci
January 21, 2016

Civil society’s role in conflict and peace-building is increasingly being recognized: an integral element in conflict, it can act within the conflict dynamic to fuel discord further or to entrench the status quo. Alternatively, it can bring about peaceful resolution and reconciliation. The question...

Global Justice: Critical Perspectives

Global Justice: Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

Sebastiano Maffettone, Aakash Singh Rathore
January 21, 2016

The global justice debate has been raging for forty years. Not merely the terms and conditions, but, more deeply, the epistemic, existential and ethical grounds of the international relations of persons, states and institutions are being determined, debated and negotiated. Yet the debate remains...

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