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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, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide, Australia, Klaus Bosselmann, Professor of Law and Director, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Kirsten Engel, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, US
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.
Extent: 328 pp
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78643 086 1
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This thought-provoking book stimulates dialogue and action on the role of global ethics in the governance of both individual societies and the international order. Such inquiry is imperative given the extraordinary challenges that face the world today.

Calling for a renewed discussion on global ethics, this unique book responds to two seminal texts on global ethics and the promise of the Earth Charter written by J. Ronald Engel whose pioneering work continues to influence the debate over democracy's place in the Anthropocene. It aims to inspire an active movement that can reclaim the moral high ground and motivate the vision of a just, sustainable future. Leading figures in environmental ethics, philosophy and law approach questions surrounding global ethics and governance from a range of cultural and philosophical perspectives. Emphasis is placed on the role that “declarations” such as the Earth Charter can play in this work, alongside the importance of deepening global dialogues.

The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance will appeal to students and academics working in the fields of law, philosophy and the social sciences, as well as community groups endorsing the Earth Charter and global initiatives.
‘The scholars in this book have stepped forward in this volume to continue the debate about the global ethics movement, its recent triumphs, failures and, above all, challenges ahead. Anyone concerned with the dignity of the human race and the majesty of Planet Earth, and the contemporary threats to both, will find the intellect and wisdom in the book pleasurably spiritual
and absorbing.’
– Parvez Hassan, Hassan and Hassan, Pakistan
Contributors: K. Bosselmann, D.A. Brown, P.G. Brown, P.D. Burdon, N. Dower, J.R. Engel, K. Engel, R. Falk, K.A. Gwiazdon, B. Jennings, W.S. Lynn, B. Mackey, N.A. Robinson, N. Rogers, H. Rolston III, S.C. Rowe, P. Taylor, L. Westra, G. Zachariah
Contents:

1. Editors Preface

2. Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter

Part I The Call for a New Democratic Earth Covenant
3. Summons to a New Axial Age: The Promise, Limits and Future of the Earth Charter
J. Ronald Engel

4. Can the Earth Charter Movement Be Renewed? The Covenantal Promise of the Earth Charter Movement
J. Ronald Engel

Part II Responses
5. Towards a World Constitutional Order
Klaus Bosselmann

6. From Stardust to Sacred Sands: Protecting Life on Earth through a Human Story of Ethics, Care, and the Cosmos
Kathryn A. Gwiazdon

7. The Earth Charter Facing the Anthropocene Epoch
Holmes Rolston III

8. Rethinking Global Ethics in the Anthropocene
Peter D. Burdon

9. Earth Law into the Anthropocene
Nicholas A. Robinson

10. Governing Ecological Governance in the Anthropocene: A New Covenant of Eco-communitarianism
Bruce Jennings

11. Promising the Earth: The Need for Engelian Convenant-Making in the Anthropocene
Brendan Mackey and Nicole Rogers

12. Global Ethics and the Earth Charter
Nigel Dower

13. J. Ronald Engel’s Vision for Achieving a Sustainable World
Donald A. Brown

14. From the Earth Charter to the Ecozoic
Peter D. Brown

15. The Quest for Democracy
Laura Westra

16. Answering the Summons: Contemporary Prospects for Global Dialogue
Stephen Rowe

17. Global Charters and Covenants for the Flourishing of Life: A Subaltern Ethical Critique
George Zachariah

18. Rewilding the Covenant of Life with Compassion: A Future for Global and Sustainability Ethics
William S. Lynn

19. Revisiting the Earth Charter 20 Years Later: A Response to Ron Engel
Richard Falk

20. Keeping Faith with Life
Prue Taylor

21. Promoting Global Ethics: The Earth Trusteeship Initiative
Klaus Bosselmann and Prue Taylor

22. Full text of the Earth Charter

23. Author notes

Index