RSSIssue 26.1

Editors’ Note [Full Text]

| April 9, 2012
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The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs will turn one hundred years old in February 2014. Andrew Carnegie founded the Council in 1914 with a specific purpose in mind: he thought it was possible to avoid the Great War that he and many others believed was on the horizon. In fact, he approached the […]

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<i>Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays</i> by Charles Taylor

Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays by Charles Taylor

| April 5, 2012
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The publication of these essays by the philosopher Charles Taylor in a single volume gives readers access to his understanding of late-modern societies. Like his Gifford Lectures, collected in A Secular Age, these essays—addressing social, political, and ethical questions—challenge various theories of modernity made famous by Max Weber and others.

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<i>The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation</i> Edited by Saul Levmore and Martha Nussbaum

The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation Edited by Saul Levmore and Martha Nussbaum

| April 5, 2012
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In this new volume, two distinguished University of Chicago law professors have joined forces to edit a provocatively titled collection of essays about the Internet. As they observe in their coauthored introduction, the Internet “has succeeded in remaking us as inhabitants of a small village” (p. 1). However, there is little romance in this cozy trope that Levmore and Nussbaum deploy to frame their project. We are indeed close-knit now.

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<i>Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought</i> by Richard B. Miller

Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought by Richard B. Miller

| April 5, 2012
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Addressing a set of normative questions surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Richard B. Miller takes as his starting point the claim that “9/11 raises moral questions about human rights, respect for persons, and the limits of toleration with vivid clarity . . . [and] puts in stark relief questions about the moral challenges of coexistence in an increasingly pluralistic public culture, questions concerning religious authorizations of violence, human rights, and the basis and limits of tolerating the intolerant” (pp. 2–3).

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Reimagining a Global Ethic

Reimagining a Global Ethic

| April 1, 2012
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BY MICHAEL IGNATIEFF. What status do we give a global ethic in a pluralistic world that, as a matter of fact, is composed, ethically speaking, of competing moral universes?

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<i>Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-First Century? </i> by David Fisher

Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-First Century? by David Fisher

| March 29, 2012
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Morality and War is a timely addition to contemporary just war literature. While advocating the use of just war principles to evaluate modern armed conflict, Fisher takes the innovative step of introducing virtue theory into these debates. Largely neglected by just war theorists, virtue theory has, for example, invigorated bioethics by providing an antidote to the rigidity of principled moral thinking while also offering a useful and versatile educational tool.

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In Defense of Smart Sanctions: A Response to Joy Gordon

| March 29, 2012
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I argue that smart sanctions have been more of a pronounced success than Gordon claims. In addition, I address some of the flaws that she identifies as significant in the discrete types of sanctions.

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After the MDGs: Citizen Deliberation and the Post-2015 Development Framework

| March 29, 2012
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For those concerned with and affected by global development and human deprivation, 2015 looms large, for this is the date by which the ambitious Millennium Development Goals are to be achieved. Citizen assemblies offer one promising mechanism for putting poor men and women at the heart of discussions about global development priorities.

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