Candles in the Dark: A New Spirit for a Plural World

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Candles in the Dark is an international compendium of essays that share a sense of the importance of introducing ethical and spiritual concepts and values into the public discourse on progress and globalization issues. They offer a new approach to international relations and public policy that esteems the human spirit and dignity as central values in decision making, seeks links between self interest and the common good, and introduces, in a practical way, philosophical, spiritual, and cultural perspectives in the political discourse on global political and socioeconomic problems.

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Editorial Reviews

Kofi A. Annan
The great challenge facing us at the start of this millennium is to ensure that globalizaiton becomes a force that benefits all people, not a windfall that rewards only the privileged few. . . . It is my hope that this publication will serve as a source of inspiration to our efforts.
John Kenneth Galbraith
From the most favored and the lesser favored countries of the world and those people who tell of the common task of peace and well-being comes this wonderfully persuasive guide to a better life for all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295982922
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Sundberg Baudot is a professor of politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire; she has served in many capacities in the United Nations. The contributors represent a wide spectrum of scholarship, practical experience, and cultural histories, faiths, and philosophies, and include professors in various disciplines as well as practitioners in politics, public policy, diplomacy, development, and international business.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNotes on ContributorsMessage from the Secretary General of the United NationsForewordA NEW SPIRIT FOR A PLURAL WORLDIntroductionPART ONE: THE NEED FOR A POLITICAL RENAISSANCEGlobal Ethics in a Plural WorldSecularism, Globalization, and the Role of the State: A Plea for RenewalRethinking the "Four Freedoms" for the Global CommunityWhat Can Be Wrong with Growth? PART TWO: PERSPECTIVES FROM RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITIONSBenedictine Spirituality: A Basis for Reevaluating Modern Development TrendsConfucian Humanism and the Western EnlightenmentEssence and Continuity of Life in the African SocietyReturn of the "Native"Unity Between the Values of Truth, Goodness, and BeautyPART THREE: INSIGHTS FROM ART, LANGUAGE AND LITERATURETowards NoosphereProgress: A Tale of Galoshes of Fortune and of a Shoe that FitsPhilosophical Reflection on the Path of ArtThe Dynamic Now - A Poet's CounselPART FOUR: VALUES FOR A GLOBAL SOCIETYThe Moral Power of the United NationsDevelopment Reflecting Human ValuesLanguage and the Human SpiritValues and Leadership in Managing High Performance Financial FirmsPrinciples in the Practice of Diplomacy: A Personal Experience in International AffairsEthics in Diplomacy: Crises of Conscience and Self-InterestEpilogue

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