Bridging the gaps in Global Ethics: grounded cosmopolitan praxis
van den Anker, C. print (2008) Bridging the gaps in Global Ethics: grounded cosmopolitan praxis. In: Commers, R. print, Vandekerckhove, W. print and Verlinden, A. print, eds. (2008) Ethics in an era of globalization. Ashgate, pp. 41-54. ISBN 9780754671954
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This chapter discusses Global Ethics as a new field of enquiry and illustrates the need for a strong link between theoretical reflection and practical learning.I first investigate the role of universalist and contextual theories in Global ethics and argue for a balance between the two. In the next section I use the example of the liberal-multicultural debate to show the relevance of looking for a balanced perspective. Finally, I present a method of ethical reflection to illustrate the practical posssibilities of this balance between the core concerns of universalsim and conetxtualism. I conclude that the importance of contextualism is in itself a universal value and universal principles always need to be expressed locally and embedded in particular behavior and practices. The dangers of strong versions of either approach need to be avoided while the core concerns of both need to be preserved.
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