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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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Deprovincializing Habermas Global Perspectives

Deprovincializing Habermas: Global Perspectives

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Tom Bailey
April 26, 2022

This book provides a rich and systematic engagement with Jürgen Habermas’ political theory from critical perspectives outside its Western locus. It constructively examines the theory’s implications for non-‘Western’ contexts ranging from Latin America and the Middle East to India and China, and ...

Marx in the 21st Century A Critical Introduction

Marx in the 21st Century: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

By Sebastiano Maffettone
August 17, 2021

This book introduces Marx as a political philosopher to the 21st-century reader. Equal parts comprehensive, accessible, and engaging, it presents an unconventional reinterpretation of class struggle. Maffettone sheds light on Marx the individual, the intellectual, the political leader and icon, and...

Global Justice Critical Perspectives

Global Justice: Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Sebastiano Maffettone, Aakash Singh Rathore
January 20, 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 ...

What is Pluralism?

What is Pluralism?

1st Edition

Edited By Volker Kaul, Ingrid Salvatore
June 02, 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

By Pietro Maffettone
March 11, 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 ...

Canned Heat Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change

Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change

1st Edition

Edited By Marcello Di Paola, Gianfranco Pellegrino
June 13, 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 ...

Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age

Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age

1st Edition

Edited By Sonika Gupta, Sudarsan Padmanabhan
June 13, 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...

Secularism, Religion, and Politics India and Europe

Secularism, Religion, and Politics: India and Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Losonczi, Walter Van Herck
June 13, 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 ...

Formatting Religion Across Politics, Education, Media, and Law

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

1st Edition

Edited By 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

Edited By 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

Edited By 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

Edited By Eva Pföstl
January 20, 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 ...

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