The Globalization of Ethics: Religious and Secular Perspectives

The Globalization of Ethics: Religious and Secular Perspectives

by William M. Sullivan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521873355

ISBN-13: 9780521873352

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Globalization of Ethics seeks to provide an alternative to post-9/11 pessimism about the ability of serious ethical dialogue to resolve disagreements and conflict across national, religious, and cultural differences. It begins by acknowledging the gravity of the problem: On our tightly interconnected planet, entire populations look for moral guidance to a variety

Overview

The Globalization of Ethics seeks to provide an alternative to post-9/11 pessimism about the ability of serious ethical dialogue to resolve disagreements and conflict across national, religious, and cultural differences. It begins by acknowledging the gravity of the problem: On our tightly interconnected planet, entire populations look for moral guidance to a variety of religious and cultural traditions, and these often stiffen, rather than soften, opposing moral perceptions. How, then, to set minimal standards for the treatment of persons while developing moral bases for coexistence and cooperation across different ethical traditions?

This volume argues for a tempered optimism in approaching these questions. Its distinguished contributors report on some of the most globally influential traditions of ethical thought-both religious traditions such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, and Confucianism and the secular ethics of international law, liberalism, and feminism - in order to identify the resources within each tradition for working toward consensus and accomodation among the ethical traditions that shape the contemporary world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521873352
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents


Contributors     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: The Globalization of Ethics   Will Kymlicka     1
Global Ethics and the International Law Tradition   Daniel Philpott     17
Morality and Universality in Jewish Thought   Michael Walzer     38
Globalization and Christian Ethics   Max L. Stackhouse     53
Buddhism and the Globalization of Ethics   Peter Nosco     75
Muslim Perspectives on Global Ethics   Muhammad Khalid Masud     93
Confucianism: Ethical Uniformity and Diversity   Richard Madsen     117
Natural Law, Common Morality, and Particularity   Mark C. Murphy     134
Liberalism and the Globalization of Ethics   Chris Brown     151
Feminist Perspectives on a Planetary Ethic   Kimberly Hutchings     171
Ethical Universalism and Particularism: A Comparison of Outlooks   William M. Sullivan     191
Key Documents on Global Ethics     213
Universal Declaration of Human Rights     213
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights     219
International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights     229
Declaration Toward a GlobalEthic     236
Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights     247
Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam     257
The Bangkok Declaration     263
Asian Human Rights Charter: A People's Charter     268
Bibliography     283
Index     297

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