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 14: Answering the summons: contemporary prospects for global dialogue

Stephen C. Rowe


This chapter argues that the summons to a new axial age of Earth Democracy and contact with Third Epoch Confucianism can remind us of the real meaning of democracy, and the distance between the genuinely democratic and the thin ‘liberal’ or procedural political form that is prevalent today - one that is often considered to be synonymous with capitalism. In response, we might re-examine the early Greek and Native American origins of democracy, the possibilities of the early Enlightenment period to which Tu refers, the democracy of the American founders and the vital democratic communities of our own time.

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