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Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought


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Whereas the interrelation of ethics and political thought has been recognized since the dawn of political reflection, over the last sixty years – roughly since the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights – we have witnessed a particularly turbulent process of globalizing the coverage and application of that interrelation. At the very instant the decolonized globe consolidated the universality of the sovereign nation-state, that sovereignty – and the political thought that grounded it – was eroded and outstripped, not as in eras past, by imperial conquest and instruments of war, but rather by instruments of peace (charters, declarations, treaties, conventions), and instruments of commerce and communication (multinational enterprises, international media, global aviation and transport, internet technologies).

Has political theory kept apace with global political realities? Can ethical reflection illuminate the murky challenges of real global politics?

This Routledge book series Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought addresses these crucial questions by bringing together outstanding monographs and anthologies that deal with the intersection of normative theorizing and political realities with a global focus. Treating diverse topics by means of interdisciplinary techniques – including philosophy, political theory, international relations and human rights theories, and global and postcolonial studies – the books in the Series present up-to-date research that is accessible, practical, yet scholarly.

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Secularism, Religion, and Politics: India and Europe

Secularism, Religion, and Politics: India and Europe

1st Edition

Peter Losonczi, Walter Van Herck
June 14, 2019

This book highlights the relationship between the state and religion in India and Europe. It problematizes the idea of secularism and questions received ideas about secularism. It also looks at how Europe and India can learn from each other about negotiating religious space and identity in this...

Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age

Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age

1st Edition

Sonika Gupta, Sudarsan Padmanabhan
June 14, 2019

This book offers a unique reconceptualization of cosmopolitanism. It examines several themes that inform politics in a globalized era, including global governance, international law, citizenship, constitutionalism, community, domesticity, territory, sovereignty, and nationalism. The volume explores...

Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change

Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change

1st Edition

Marcello Di Paola, Gianfranco Pellegrino
June 14, 2019

Climate change is a key challenge in the contemporary world. This volume studies climate change through many lenses: politics, law, ethics, philosophy, religion, and contemporary art and culture. The essays explore alternatives for sustainable development and highlight oft-overlooked issues, such...

Formatting Religion: Across Politics, Education, Media, and Law

Formatting Religion: Across Politics, Education, Media, and Law

1st Edition

Marius Timmann Mjaaland
February 21, 2019

To talk about religion is to talk about politics, identity, terrorism, migration, gender, and a host of other aspects of society. This volume examines and engages with larger debates around religion and proposes a new approach that moves beyond the usual binaries to analyse its role in our...

Religion and Civil Society in the Arab World: In the Vortex of Globalization and Tradition

Religion and Civil Society in the Arab World: In the Vortex of Globalization and Tradition

1st Edition

Tania Haddad, Elie Al Hindy
June 19, 2018

This book examines the links between civil society, religion and politics in the Middle East and North Africa region. The chapters in the volume explore the role of religion in shaping and changing the public sphere in regions that are developing and/or in conflict. They also discuss how these...

Human Rights in Postcolonial India

Human Rights in Postcolonial India

1st Edition

Om Prakash Dwivedi, V. G. Julie Rajan
January 24, 2018

This volume looks at human rights in independent India through frameworks comparable to those in other postcolonial nations in the Global South. It examines wide-ranging issues that require immediate attention such as those related to disability, violence, torture, education, LGBT, neoliberalism,...

Between Ethics and Politics: New Essays on Gandhi

Between Ethics and Politics: New Essays on Gandhi

1st Edition

Eva Pföstl
January 21, 2016

Is it possible to build an authentically democratic system in politics without concrete ethical foundations? Addressing this question in the wake of the contemporary crisis in democracy worldwide, the volume re-evaluates Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s key thoughts. It foregrounds their relevance to...

Deprovincializing Habermas: Global Perspectives

Deprovincializing Habermas: Global Perspectives

1st Edition

Tom Bailey
January 21, 2016

This volume engages with Jürgen Habermas’s political theory from critical perspectives beyond its Western European origins. In particular, it explores the challenges of democratizing, decolonizing and desecularizing his theory for global contexts, and proposes ‘deprovincializing’ reformulations for...

Conflict Society and Peacebuilding: Comparative Perspectives

Conflict Society and Peacebuilding: Comparative Perspectives

1st Edition

Raffaele Marchetti, Nathalie Tocci
January 21, 2016

Civil society’s role in conflict and peace-building is increasingly being recognized: an integral element in conflict, it can act within the conflict dynamic to fuel discord further or to entrench the status quo. Alternatively, it can bring about peaceful resolution and reconciliation. The question...

Global Justice: Critical Perspectives

Global Justice: Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

Sebastiano Maffettone, Aakash Singh Rathore
January 21, 2016

The global justice debate has been raging for forty years. Not merely the terms and conditions, but, more deeply, the epistemic, existential and ethical grounds of the international relations of persons, states and institutions are being determined, debated and negotiated. Yet the debate remains...

Wronging Rights?: Philosophical Challenges for Human Rights

Wronging Rights?: Philosophical Challenges for Human Rights

1st Edition

Aakash Singh Rathore, Alex Cistelecan
January 21, 2016

This book brings together two of the most powerful and relevant philosophical critiques of human rights: the post-colonialist and the post-Althusserian, its balanced internal structure not just throwing these two critiques together, but actually forcing them to enter into confrontation and dialogue...

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