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A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics

A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics

by Hans Kung
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195122283

ISBN-13: 9780195122282

Pub. Date: 04/16/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195122282
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/16/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Wanted -- A Vision xviii
A. Global Politics between Real Politics and Ideal Politics 1(154)
I The Old Real Politics Again?
3(26)
1. Global politics in the old style: Kissinger
4(10)
(a) The power-play of diplomacy
4(3)
(b) Power politics as 'geopolitics'
7(1)
(c) Politics without 'moral feelings'
8(2)
(d) Ethics subordinate to politics?
10(4)
2. Sovereign disregard of political morality: Richelieu
14(7)
(a) No universal values, but reasons of state
14(3)
(b) Machiavellianism realized
17(2)
(c) The alternatives: religious fanaticism or political cynicism?
19(2)
3. The embodiment of real politics: Bismarck
21(8)
(a) Not ideas, but interests
21(2)
(b) In place of a vision of the future, will to power
23(2)
(c) Power -- the supreme criterion in politics?
25(4)
II No Moralizing Ideal Politics
29(30)
I. An attempt at a new politics: Wilson
29(8)
(a) A new peaceful order
30(2)
(b) All an idealistic illusion?
32(1)
(c) The victory of the 'realists'
32(3)
(d) Crusade for democracy
35(2)
2. A dispute over political science: Morgenthau
37(12)
(a) Politics as management of power
37(4)
(b) Where does the power politics theory come from?
41(2)
(c) The unresolved ethical question
43(3)
(d) In search of universal values
46(3)
3. The conflict between power and morality
49(10)
(a) Man, the ambivalent being, and power
50(1)
(b) Inventions to counter the abuse of power
51(3)
(c) 'Scientific' disregard for ethics
54(3)
(d) The irresolvable tension between politics and ethics
57(2)
III Responsible Politics
59(32)
I. Outlines of a new paradigm of politics
59(10)
(a) Identification of interests -- but how?
59(3)
(b) Identification of interests -- being ethically responsible
62(2)
(c) The middle way between real politics and ideal politics
64(3)
(d) From national to international responsibility
67(2)
2. Ethics -- a challenge for politicians
69(10)
(a) More semblance than reality?
69(2)
(b) Immoral if need be?
71(3)
(c) May politicians lie?
74(3)
(d) What is power for?
77(2)
3. Ideals and realities
79(12)
(a) Is ethics inefficient?
80(2)
(b) Can one win elections with ethics?
82(3)
(c) A realistic human rights policy?
85(3)
(d) Successes in human rights policy
88(3)
IV A Global Ethic as a Foundation for Global Society
91(23)
I. Challenges and responses
91(8)
(a) Key questions and principles
91(2)
(b) Universal ethical standards
93(1)
(c) The quest for the universal: truth and justice
94(3)
(d) Humanity: the Golden Rule
97(2)
2. Not only rights but also responsibilities
99(6)
(a) Human beings have responsibilities from the beginning
99(2)
(b) Not all responsibilities follow from rights
101(1)
(c) What would rights be without morals?
102(3)
3. A first formulation of a global ethic
105(9)
(a) How should a global ethic be made specific? Criteria
105(3)
(b) How should a global ethic be made specific? Content
108(2)
(c) The core of a global ethic
110(1)
(d) The obligation to truthfulness
111(3)
V World Peace -- A Challenge for the World Religions
114(41)
1. A clash between the civilizations -- or peace?
115(16)
(a) The depth dimension of global political conflicts
115(4)
(b) Religion -- the missing dimension in statesmanship
119(2)
(c) The warning example: Yugoslavia
121(6)
(d) War for the sake of peace?
127(4)
2. What holds modern society together?
131(12)
(a) Diagnoses of the time
132(1)
(b) Divisive forces in society
133(5)
(c) Three models of Europe
138(4)
(d) Ethics no substitute for religion
142(1)
3. Confidence-building measures between the religions
143(12)
(a) Religion in the network of states
144(1)
(b) How are Islamism and fundamentalism to be dealt with?
145(3)
(c) What is to be done in regional, national and international conflicts?
148(4)
(d) A personal postscript by a Christian for Christians
152(3)
B. The Global Economy between the Welfare State and Neocapitalism 155(122)
I Questions about Globalization
157(27)
1. Globalization -- a structural revolution in the world economy
160(10)
(a) Globalization is unavoidable
160(2)
(b) Globalization is ambivalent
162(3)
(c) Globalization is unpredictable
165(2)
(d) Globalization can be controlled
167(3)
2. The Welfare state in crisis
170(4)
(a) The Swedish model
170(2)
(b) Not dismantling the welfare state, but restructuring it
172(2)
3. Neocapitalism -- not the solution either
174(10)
(a) The American model
175(4)
(b) Only the profit motive?
179(5)
II What Global Plan for Economic Policy?
184(36)
1. Pure market economy?
184(12)
(a) Economic ultra-liberalism: Milton Friedman
186(3)
(b) A freemarket and restrictions on the state
189(1)
(c) Domestication of ethics by the economy
190(2)
(d) The liberal market economy -- simply a law of nature?
192(4)
2. Social market economy
196(12)
(a) Social liberalism: Ludwig Erhard
197(3)
(b) Free market and social equilibrium
200(2)
(c) Times of crisis
202(3)
(d) The new challenges: ecology and ethics
205(3)
3. A global market economy requires a global ethic
208(12)
(a) No economic imperialism
208(3)
(b) The market economy in the service of humankind
211(2)
(c) The primacy of ethics over economics and politics
213(2)
(d) The tasks of a global economy
215(5)
III Responsible Economics
220(30)
1. An ethically motivated policy for world order
220(14)
(a) Are declarations and proclamations useless?
220(3)
(b) Human rights and human obligations: The International Commission on Global Governance
223(4)
(c) Development, not just economic growth: The world Commission on Culture and Development
227(4)
(d) Humanity in concrete: The InterAction Council
231(3)
2. Outlines of a new paradigm of an ethic for the economy
234(8)
(a) Constants and variables
234(2)
(b) No ethic of conviction based on idealistic views about economics
236(2)
(c) No realist ethic of the economy devoid of conviction
238(1)
(d) An ethically responsible way of engaging in business
239(3)
3. Sustainable development and a global ethic
242(8)
(a) Provisions for the future: on what basis?
242(3)
(b) Aim and criterion: human beings in an environment worth living in
245(2)
(c) The problem of motivation
247(3)
IV Ethic, Business and Managers
250(27)
1. Principles of a business ethic
251(10)
(a) Not just for shareholders but for all involved
251(2)
(b) Basic values and basic attitudes
253(1)
(c) Asian versus Western values
254(3)
(d) Inconvenient questions, practical suggestions
257(4)
2. Ethics -- a challenge for managers
261(8)
(a) Where does strong management come from?
261(2)
(b) No business culture without personality culture
263(1)
(c) Business consultancy: Machiavelli for managers?
264(3)
(d) Financial and political scandals
267(2)
3. Has ethics a chance in business?
269(8)
(a) Beyond good and evil?
269(2)
(b) The chances of doing business morally
271(2)
(c) From creed to cash: the 'Singapore dream'
273(1)
(d) Strong leadership with a basic ethical and religious attitude
274(3)
Conclusion 277(1)
Notes 278(26)
A Word of Thanks 304(2)
Translator's Note 306(1)
Index 307

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