A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics

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As the twentieth century draws to a close and the rush to globalization gathers momentum, political and economic considerations are crowding out vital ethical questions about the shape of our future. Now, Hans Küng, one of the world's preeminent Christian theologians, explores these issues in a visionary and cautionary look at the coming global society.
How can the new world order of the twenty first century avoid the horrors of the twentieth? Will nations form a real community or continue to aggressively pursue their own interests? Will the Machiavellian approaches of the past prevail over idealism and a more humanitarian politics? What role can religion play in a world increasingly dominated by transnational corporations? Küng tackles these and many other questions with the insight and moral authority that comes from a lifetime's devotion to the search for justice and human dignity. Arguing against both an amoral realpolitik and an immoral resurgence of laissez faire economics, Küng defines a comprehensive ethic founded on the bedrock of mutual respect and humane treatment of all beings that would encompass the ecological, legal, technological, and social patterns that are reshaping civilization. If we are going to have a global economy, a global technology, a global media, Küng argues, we must also have a global ethic to which all nations, and peoples of the most varied backgrounds and beliefs, can commit themselves. "The world," he says, "is not going to be held together by the Internet."
For anyone concerned about the world we are creating, A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics offers equal measures of informed analysis, compassionate foresight, and wise counsel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195122282
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Küng is President of the Global Ethic Foundation, and author of Global Responsibility, Judaism, Credo: The Apostles Creed Explained for Today, and many other works.

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Table of Contents

Wanted - A Vision
The Old Real Politics Again? 3
1 Global politics in the old style: Kissinger 4
2 Sovereign disregard of political morality: Richelieu 14
3 The embodiment of real politics: Bismarck 21
No Moralizing Ideal Politics 29
1 An attempt at a new politics: Wilson 29
2 A dispute over political science: Morgenthau 37
3 The conflict between power and morality 49
Responsible Politics 59
1 Outlines of a new paradigm of politics 59
2 Ethics - a challenge for politicians 69
3 Ideals and realities 79
A Global Ethic as a Foundation for Global Society 91
1 Challenges and responses 91
2 Not only rights but also responsibilities 99
3 A first formulation of a global ethic 105
World Peace - A Challenge for the World Religions 114
1 A clash between the civilizations - or peace? 115
2 What holds modern society together? 131
3 Confidence-building measures between the religions 143
Questions about Globalization 157
1 Globalization - a structural revolution in the world economy 160
2 The welfare state in crisis 170
3 Neocapitalism - not the solution either 174
What Global Plan for Economic Policy? 184
1 Pure market economy? 184
2 Social market economy 196
3 A global market economy requires a global ethic 208
Responsible Economics 220
1 An ethically motivated policy for world order 220
2 Outlines of a new paradigm of an ethic for the economy 234
3 Sustainable development and a global ethic 242
Ethic, Business and Managers 250
1 Principles of a business ethic 251
2 Ethics - a challenge for managers 261
3 Has ethics a chance in business? 269
Conclusion 277
Notes 278
A Word of Thanks 304
Translator's Note 306
Index 307
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