Global ethics : beyond enlightened self-interest

Hayes, Sharon L. (2007) Global ethics : beyond enlightened self-interest. Social Alternatives, 26(3), pp. 17-20.

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This article explores why developed nations and their citizens have a moral obligation to assist the disadvantaged in both local and global contexts. Contemporary international relations policies tend to propose action that is based on national selfinterest in providing aid and assistance to third world nations. Theorists such as Pogge and Singer have attempted to overcome the selfinterest problem by offering cosmopolitan and utilitarian solutions respectively, with Pogge focusing on the concept of universal citizenship and Singer on the global impartiality of our obligations to others. This article suggests that these theorists do not go far enough, and that a much stronger moral impetus needs to be acknowledged, one that recognises the universality of moral agency and our action commitments in respect to that acknowledgement. It engages with current debates concerning the nature and extent of moral obligation within a framework ofglobal ethics, and offers an alternative framework that identifies and focuses on our moral outrage over poverty and global disadvantage as a foundation for developing policies consistent with cosmopolitan values.

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ID Code: 19350
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0155-0306
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2009 06:34
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2016 05:04

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