Morality and Global Justice

Justifications and Applications


Michael Boylan

First Edition • March 1, 2011 • 248 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813344324 • $40.00 USD$56.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813345130 • $25.99 USD$28.99 CAN

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In this concise, single-authored text, renowned scholar and professor Michael Boylan examines the moral justifications underlying key global justice issues and provides students with the analytical tools to approach those issues critically. Introductory chapters establish a thorough but accessible foundation in theory and moral justification, and subsequent chapters apply those concepts to key areas of global concern: poverty; public health; race, gender, and sexual orientation; democracy and social/political dialog; globalization; the environment; war and terrorism; and immigrants and refugees. For easy reference and review, each chapter includes key terms, critical applied reasoning exercises (CARE), and problems and thought experiments perfect for class discussions or writing exercises. The appendix, “Getting Involved,” guides students in putting ethical principles to work.

An anthology of original essays, The Morality and Global Justice Reader, is also available as a complementary or a standalone text.


Michael Boylan received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is professor of philosophy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Philosophy: An Innovative Introduction (with Charles Johnson) and Critical Inquiry: The Process of Argument, both published by Westview Press.

Part One. Global Metaethical Justification
1. The Way People Think about Ethics and Social/Political Philosophy
2. The Personal Worldview, Shared-Community Worldview, and Extended-Community Worldview Imperatives

Part Two. Normative Ethics in a Global Context
3. The Foundation of Global Justice
4. Human Rights
5. Culture and Religion
6. Justice, the State, and the World

Part Three. Applied Global Ethics
7. Poverty
8. Public Health
9. Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
10. Democracy and Social and Political Dialogue
11. Globalization
12. The Environment
13. War and Terrorism
14. Immigrants and Refugees

“Boylan makes a daring effort to take on the broad scope of global ethics in a manageable and comprehensive way. His introduction of the worldview imperatives in this context is imaginative and offers a way of engaging students while holding them accountable for their views.”

—Robert Paul Churchill, George Washington University

Morality and Global Justice meets the challenge of combining traditional ethics and moral theory with contemporary global concerns … an excellent introduction for undergraduates and an engaging review for more advanced scholars.”

—Naomi Zack, University of Oregon

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