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 10: Global ethics and the Earth Charter

Nigel Dower


This chapter begins by engaging Engel’s critical analysis of the Earth Charter and interrogating his idea of global ethics as covenantal and, linked to that, his view on what sort of thing the Earth Charter is. This is not so much because the author disagrees with his views on them - though that may be the case to some extent - but rather because the author believes the widely differing understandings of what global ethics is and what the Earth Charter is are to be accepted, as they may be part of the solution rather than part of the problem - certainly if we are trying to answer the question: what can be done to effect serious change?

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