New PDF release: A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics

By Hans Kung

ISBN-10: 0195122283

ISBN-13: 9780195122282

Because the 20th century attracts to an in depth and the push to globalization gathers momentum, political and fiscal concerns are crowding out very important moral questions on the form of our destiny. Now, Hans K?ng, one of many world's preeminent Christian theologians, explores those concerns in a visionary and cautionary examine the arriving international society. How can the hot international order of the 21st century keep away from the horrors of the 20th? Will countries shape a true group or proceed to aggressively pursue their very own pursuits? Will the Machiavellian ways of the previous be successful over idealism and a extra humanitarian politics? What function can faith play in a global more and more ruled by way of transnational organizations? K?ng tackles those and lots of different questions with the perception and ethical authority that comes from a lifetime's devotion to the hunt for justice and human dignity. Arguing opposed to either an amoral realpolitik and an immoral resurgence of laissez faire economics, K?ng defines a finished ethic based at the bedrock of mutual admire and humane therapy of all beings that might surround the ecological, criminal, technological, and social styles which are reshaping civilization. If we'll have a world financial system, a world know-how, a world media, K?ng argues, we should also have an international ethic to which all countries, and peoples of the main diversified backgrounds and ideology, can dedicate themselves. "The world," he says, "is not likely to be held jointly through the Internet." For someone desirous about the realm we're developing, a world Ethic for international Politics and Economics bargains equivalent measures of proficient research, compassionate foresight, and clever tips.

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We must not make the a priori moral objection to Bismarck that in all his political enterprises he was a virtuoso in provoking, heightening and then again resolving crises at home and abroad; that he played off the The Old Real Politics Again? 23 European great powers against one another in a masterly way and knew how to exploit brilliantly for his own ends every diplomatic situation and every error on the part of his numerous opponents at home and abroad. But this raises even more acutely the question of the morality of his policy.

Such real politics is reprehensible only if at the same time it opposes the orientation of state action on political ideas and ethically grounded values and thus runs the risk of succumbing to its own way of thinking, purely in terms of power. It follows from this that it is impossible simply to respond with an idealist political ethic to Kissinger's plea for a realist power politics in the present multi-polar international system which has replaced the bipolar system of the Cold War. So here, to continue our historical systematic analysis, taking up voices particularly from our century, I shall develop a counterpoint.

But does that already mean that he may set himself above law and morality in the interests of national security, the national interest and national prestige? This question is not prompted, like that of Richelieu's conservative contemporaries, by thoughts of a restoration of the mediaeval order, but by Richelieu's Machiavellianism, which was already criticized at the time. Henry Kissinger takes a quite different view. '32 Instead of following Aristotle in putting virtue at the centre between two vices (too little and too much, like boldness between cowardice and foolhardiness), Kissinger, like Machiavelli, is fond of constructing an all too simple opposition in a black-and-white scheme like that between ideological fanaticism and amoral realism, in order to destroy the one position and highlight the other.

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