New Directions in Development Ethics: Essays in Honor of Denis Goulet

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Development ethics is a growing discipline that deals both academically and practically with the moral assessment of the ends, means, and processes of development. The essays in this collection honor and build on the pioneering work of Denis Goulet (1931-2006), arguably the founding father of development ethics. This book offers a coherent, systematic examination of new directions in the field and features contributions from some of the leading scholars in development ethics and economic development.

The introduction provides a brief history of Goulet's life and work, as well as the genesis of development economics and development ethics. The essays in New Directions in Development Ethics are organized in three parts: the nature of development ethics in light of philosophical and religious traditions; applications of development ethics to economic analysis and growth, technological change, violent conflict, and globalization; and the practice of development ethics.

"This book is a fitting tribute to the father of modern development ethics, Denis A. Goulet. Contrary to other festschrifts honoring scholars, each chapter carefully builds on a different aspect of Goulet's work including religion, participation, equality, technology, poverty, vulnerability, and development strategy. The result is a coherent and methodical volume written by leading scholars, admirers, and friends that brings us a step closer to the kind of 'hands on' philosophy envisaged by Goulet that simultaneously embraces the ethics and practice of development." —David A. Clark, University of Manchester

"This volume gathers an impressive range of original essays from economists, philosophers, and development experts in honor of Denis Goulet, a pioneering development ethicist. At a time when development is widely championed as a means for expanding commercial markets, averting terrorism and social unrest, or protecting the biosphere, these papers refreshingly restore focus on the moral imperative of development according to the Golden Rule. All persons have a right to just treatment, and a responsibility to ensure justice for others. Denis Goulet was an articulate champion of that foundational premise of development. This volume nicely honors his memory by projecting his voice in new scholarship." —Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University

"Here we have a fitting and valuable tribute to Denis Goulet—an achievement that is comprehensive and foundational. It speaks to development researchers, policy specialists, and practitioners alike. The contributors help us integrate religious values into development economics and ethics, providing a giant step forward in the field of development ethics. I especially appreciate the compatibility of their contributions with the emphasis that the Catholic theological tradition puts on the poor in development." —Gasper F. LoBiondo, S.J., Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

"New Directions in Development Ethics is a distinctive and important collection for those who care about the whole person in the process of development. The book provides a much-needed perspective on the interdisciplinary and eclectic pathways through which human progress actually occurs. Reflections, applications, and practices are three ways in which Dennis Goulet is remembered in this synthetic anthology." —Jonathan B. Wight, University of Richmond

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"Development ethics is a growing discipline that deals with the moral assessment of the ends, means, and processes of development. The essays in this collection honor and build on the pioneering work of the late Denis Goulet, the founding father of development ethics. The book offers a coherent and systematic examination of new directions in the field, and features contributions from some of the leading scholars in development ethics and economic development." —Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

". . . a scholarly anthology of essays from economists, philosophers, and development experts, all contending with the thorny issues of the moral ramifications of technological and commercial development. . . . Assembled to honor the life and work of Denis Goulet, who made a pivotal contribution to the practice of ethical guidelines for responsible development, New Directions in Development Ethics, is an invaluable contribution to college library shelves and should be required reading for anyone involved in planning development." —Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268025984
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles K. Wilber is emeritus professor of economics and Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy.

Amitava Krishna Dutt is professor of economics and policy studies and Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Helen Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is co-editor of Crossing the Mainstream: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Economics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001).

Contributors: R. Scott Appleby, Carl J. Bindenagel, Luis Camacho, Adela Cortina, David A. Crocker, Nigel Dower, Jay Drydyk, Amitava Krishna Dutt, Des Gasper, Sheldon Gellar, Roland Hoksbergen, Javier Ma Iguiniz Echeverria, Kenneth P. Jameson, Katherine Marshall, Jaime Ros, Chloe Schwenke, Asuncion Lera St. Clair, James P. Sterba, Paul Streeten, Charles K. Wilber, and Andrew Yuengert.

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