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PHIL 104 (STOLZE) Notes on Heather Widdows, Global Ethics: An Introduction, chapter 1
The Organization of Widdows’ Book What is Global Ethics? (chapter 1) Three Case Studies: Female Genital Cutting, Buying and Selling Body Parts, Torture (chapter 2) Ethical Theory (Chapters 3-6) Applied Issues (Chapter 7-11) A Case Study: Rachels’ Wells in Ethiopia
Why Global Ethics Matters “How we resolve (or fail to resolve) the dilemmas of global ethics will determine the framework of future global governance. This will shape and limit the possible relationships and opportunities of all global actors; moreover, decisions made now will affect future generations” (p. 1).
Why Global Ethics Now? “[G]lobalization—the increasing interdependence of global society economically, culturally and politically—has created truly global dilemmas that require global solutions. Global ethics, then, is the response to these new dilemmas” (p. 5).
Hans Küng’s Four “Irrevocable Directives” as the Basis for His Own Global Ethic Commitment to a culture of non-violence and respect for life. Commitment to a culture of solidarity and a just economic order. Commitment to a culture of tolerance and life of truthfulness. Commitment to a culture of equal rights and partnership between men and women.
Three Characteristics of Global Ethics Global in scope Multidisciplinary Combines theory and practice
The Global Ethics Commitment “[G]lobal ethicists have a commitment to making a difference in terms of affecting policy and also in terms of their individual actions and commitments. The topics that global ethics addresses cannot be dismissed as just theoretical issues; they require us to act” (p. 11).