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The Practices of Global Ethics

Thursday, March 24, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Marston Theater, ASU Tempe

How do we make ethics work on planetary scales? Over the past half century, the people and nations of the world have made explicit a host of ethical principles. Some of these principles are enshrined in key statements of global ethics like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Earth Charter. Others are component parts of the thousands of international treaties signed since the end of World War II. Yet, in all cases, these statements - as important as they are as ethical principles - are also the foundation for extensive ethical work and practice, carried out all over the globe by thousands of organizations and hundreds of thousands of people to shape the normative trajectory of human affairs.

In this panel, leading experts on the practices of global ethics will discuss the outcomes and expression of ongoing initiatives to put ethical ideas to work on planetary scales to promote human rights; foster ecological responsibility; end genocide; reduce global poverty; encourage responsible and sustainable business practices; and cultivate understanding and collaboration amongst the world's religions.


Frederick Bird, Concordia University

Sumner B. Twiss, University of Florida

Kusumita Pedersen, St. Francis College

Clark A. Miller, Arizona State University, Lincoln Fellow

Bruce Grelle, California State University

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Find out more about the symposium, Emerging Challenges in Global Ethics, on March 24-25 and a special session for graduate students!