The Morality and Global Justice Reader

Edited by Michael Boylan

First Edition • March 1, 2011 • 440 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813344331 • $52.00 USD$93.99 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813345147 • $33.99 USD$39.99 CAN


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This cutting-edge volume of original essays features a diverse, international team of prominent scholars examining issues of morality and justice within a global perspective. The chapters are grouped according to an integrative design that progresses from normative principles to normative theories to normative applications. Applications chapters address current significant and provocative topics such as poverty and the global economy; global health; religion; war; and gender, identity, and family. Distinguished philosopher and volume editor Michael Boylan provides a unifying introduction to each section. In addition, an abstract and list of key words provide readers with an informative entry into each reading. An engaging resource for all students of philosophy and politics, The Morality and Global Justice Reader not only offers an essential foundation of global justice and its policy implications, but also aims to inspire readers to positive action for change.

A single-authored volume by Michael Boylan, Morality and Global Justice: Justifications and Applications, 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. Normative Principles

1. Global Human Rights
Robert Paul Churchill

2. On Justifying Human Rights
John-Stewart Gordon

3. When is Ignorance Morally Objectionable?
Julie Kirsch

4. The Ethics of Otherness
Wanda Teays

Part Two. Normative Theories

5. Consequentialism and Global Ethics
Hallvard Lillehammer

6. How to Think about Global Duties: A Deontological Approach
Christian Illies

Part Three. Normative Applications

Poverty and the Global Economy

7. Collective Responsibility
Seumas Miller

8. Building Wealth with Conditional Cash Transfers: A Strategy for Economic Mobility
Michael Boylan

9. Ethics and Global Finance
Klaus Steigleder

10. Global Business and Global Justice
Nien-He Hsieh

Global Health

11. Global Health Justice
Michael J. Selgelid

12. Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Life-Saving Medicines
Doris Schroeder, Thomas Pogge, and Peter Singer


13. What Price Theocracy?
Laura Purdy

14. Global Ethics in the Academy
James A. Donahue


15. The Law of Peoples
David Cummiskey

16. Cosmopolitan Revisions of Just War
Gabriel Palmer Fernandez

Gender, Identity, and Family

17. Women on the Move
Rosmarie Tong

18. Gender and Sex Development
Simona Giordano

19. Duties to Children
Michael Boylan

“This is an important book with newly written state-of-the-art papers on all aspects of global justice. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and a good basis for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. If you really want to know where the research frontier is today you need to buy this book!”

—Professor Søren Holm, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical Ethics

“The unusual breadth and richness of this collection make it a distinctive addition to the burgeoning literature on global justice. Prof. Boylan’s expansive interests and good taste have resulted in a volume with a surprising number of novel and interesting contributions.”

—David Wasserman, Director of Research, Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University

“Many of the most serious and urgent problems facing humanity are global, from climate change and wealth inequality to resource shortage, war, migration, and religious and racial intolerance. While ethics presumes to apply to all people, most moral theorizing to date has presupposed a national rather than a global framework. Michael Boylan’s reader of original essays corrects this shortcoming by focusing on ethical problems seen from a global perspective. Some essays cover foundational aspects of normative ethics but the novelty is the global perspective and the emphasis on application of theory. With helpful sectional introductions, abstracts, and keywords, the volume should become a valuable resource for teachers, students, and, especially, policymakers.”

—Peter Simons, Trinity College Dublin

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