The Practices of Global Ethics: Historical backgrounds, current issues, and future prospects

Frederick Bird, Sumner B. Twiss, Kusumita P. Pedersen, Clark Miller, Bruce Grelle

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Examines diverse expressions of global ethics as social practices developed in response to global crises The Practices of Global Ethics takes a unique look at global ethics: not as mere written statements but as a set of practices undertaken by thousands of organisations and hundreds of thousands of people to shape the normative trajectory of human affairs. Looking at statements of global ethical principles including The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Earth Charter and the Rio Documents, this book positions them as the outcomes and expression of ongoing practices. Offering innovative, critical and thoughtful analyses of ethical practices since World War II, the book examines efforts to promote human rights; foster ecological responsibility; end genocide; reduce global poverty; encourage responsible and sustainable international business practices; cultivate understanding and collaboration amongst the world's religions among other worldwide endeavours. Key Features Written for those who seek to understand and make a difference with respect to global ethical issues Provides a unique and critical assessment of three visionary global ethics declarations: the Parliament of the World's Religions' Toward a Global Ethic; the Interaction Council's Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities; and UNESCO's Declaration of Human Duties and Responsibilities Divided into three parts Part 1 analyses diverse expression of global ethics such as the Universal Declaration of Human rights and the Earth Charter Part 2 explores practices of global ethics with respect to environmental issues, genocide, armed conflict, global poverty and international businesses Part 3 looks at global ethics and religion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages388
ISBN (Electronic)9781474407069
ISBN (Print)9781474407045
StatePublished - Feb 28 2016

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  • Social Sciences(all)


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