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 17: Revisiting the Earth Charter 20 years later: a response to Ron Engel

Richard Falk


This chapter evaluates and engages Engel’s critical engagement with the Earth Charter. In addressing this work, it also considers whether - amid the complexities and contradictions of modern-day capitalism - we might identify the agents of change or social forces capable of furthering ecological ethics into the future. Without differing from Engel except in choice of words, it considers how to achieve political traction for a transformative political movement that agrees with him that the most formidable obstacles on the path towards planetary peace and justice are ideologies and practices associated with neoliberal capitalism and its strong linkages of mutual dependence with militarized governmental bureaucracies.

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