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Sustainable Development and Global Ethics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
2007 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this book three basic problems concerning sustainable development and global ethics are discussed. The first is how we should understand the meaning of sustainable development. There are different dimensions of sustainability, and of particular interest is how we should understand the interrelationships between good environment, economic justice, political democracy and international security.

The second problem is in what sense sustainable development is a moral ideal within a global ethic. On what values and moral assumptions is the vision of sustainable development based? This vision seemd to presuppose an anthorpocentric ethic which does not ascribe an intrinsic value to nature. The vision of sustainable development presu´pposes a principle of inter-generational justice, according to which we should consider the welfare of future generations. However, it is not clear how we should understand the relationships between sustainable development and different theoies on global justice.

The third problem treated in this book is that of global ethics. What is the meaning of global ethics, and is a global ethic desirable or possible? Global ethics can be understood as a critical reflection on moral issues concerning environment, development and international relations. It is often combined with an ethical universalism, according to which there are moral assumptions that are common to all human beings. This kind of universalism is controversial, since it does not appear to take seriously cultural diversity and ethical pluralism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2007. , 177 p.
Uppsala Studies in Social Ethics, ISSN 0346-6507 ; 33
Keyword [en]
sustainable development, global ethics, global justice, environment, future generations, globalisation, universalism, global governance, nature
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11139ISBN: 978-91-554-6894-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11139DiVA: diva2:38907
Available from: 2007-05-31 Created: 2007-05-31 Last updated: 2014-09-19Bibliographically approved

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