The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance
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The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance

Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter

Edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel

This thought-provoking book stimulates dialogue and action on the role of global ethics in the governance of individual societies and the international order. Such inquiry is imperative given the extraordinary challenges that face the world today. Leading figures in environmental ethics, philosophy and law approach questions surrounding global ethics and governance from a range of cultural and philosophical perspectives.
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Chapter 8: Governing ecological governance in the Anthropocene: a new covenant of eco-communitarianism

Bruce Jennings


This chapter explores the potential for fashioning a more ecological and relational political morality for Earth governance. It offers one reading of a political morality for a new ecological governance: a transformational governance that manifests a covenantal understanding of the human condition within a planetary web of life. Next, it distinguishes between governance of ecosystems and ecological governance; and finally, it considers how to characterize the moral imagination required to sustain this vision of ecological governance by exploring the concept of ‘covenant’ and how it contrasts with the idea of ‘contract’.

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