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Ethics in an Era of Globalization

1st Edition

By M. S. Ronald Commers

Edited by Wim Vandekerckhove


264 pages

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This much-needed volume represents all that is new in the field of global ethics. It recognizes the emergence of the search to move beyond relativism and the study of ethical aspects of globalization, acknowledging aspects of globalization that make ethical reasoning itself a challenging task. As such the young field of global ethics is a search for new approaches and methodologies that go beyond existing ones and succeed in addressing these ethical issues of globalization. This volume presents these new developments, focusing specifically on how to re-conceive ethics in order to come to grips with ethical and political life today. It sets out an agenda for the field of global ethics, addresses the critiques and illustrates the rapprochement of global ethics. This is a valuable collection of essays that connect theoretical innovation with substantive issues in the public realm and hence is suitable for a wide audience across philosophy, politics, international relations and development studies.


'The most helpful book I have seen on the new field of global ethics. A survey and extension of current work that tries to rethink ethics in and for a globalized world, it occupies a fruitful middle ground that links the experiences and concerns of thoughtful practitioners, citizens and activists to the careful reasoning of philosophers.' Des Gasper, Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands 'As an emerging field in Applied Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Global Ethics needs a specification of its nature and scope. This volume admirably fulfils this role by defining the unique ethical challenges that globalisation has engendered and by reminding us of the moral resources for meeting these challenges that are inherent in our humanity.' Stan van Hooft, Deakin University, Australia

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, M.S. Ronald Commers, Wim Vandekerckhove and An Verlinden; Part I What is the Task of Global Ethics?: The new global ethics and its 3 faces, Carol C. Gould; Globalization between economism and moralism, Gérald Berthoud; Bridging the gaps in global ethics: grounded cosmopolitan praxis, Christien van den Anker; Justice in a world gone mad: assessing the ethical landscape of globalization, Rebecca Todd Peters. Part II Is Global Ethics Possible?: Global ethics and world citizenship, M.S. Ronald Commers; Why and what global ethics?, Heather Widdows; Cosmopolitanism and community, Nigel Dower; Community and society on a transnational scale, Peter Caws. Part III How Can We 'Do' Global Ethics?: Global poverty: development ethics meets global justice, Asunción Lera St. Clair; Reflections on global responsibilities and the nature of morality, Thomas Mertens; Global ethics as dialogism, An Verlinden; Redistributing global inequality: a thought experiment, József Böröcz; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Wim Vandekerckhove, Ghent University, Belgium, M.S. Ronald Commers, Ghent University, Belgium and An Verlinden, Ghent University, Belgium.

About the Series

Ethics and Global Politics

Ethics and Global Politics
Since the end of the Cold War, explorations of ethical considerations within global politics and on the development of foreign policy have assumed a growing importance in the fields of politics and international studies. New theories, policies, institutions, and actors are called for to address difficult normative questions arising from the conduct of international affairs in a rapidly changing world. This series provides an exciting new forum for creative research that engages both the theory and practice of contemporary world politics, in light of the challenges and dilemmas of the evolving international order.

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