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Title: Concerns about the Global Ethic
Subtitle: A Sympathetic Critique and Suggestions for a New Direction
Author(s): HEDGES, Paul
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 18 Issue: 2 Date: 2008
Taking a sympathetic yet critical attitude to the Global Ethic project, it is suggested that it needs to be rethought. Various problematic issues are highlighted in an initial discussion, notably the tension between generality and specifics and the Western nature of the project. Five areas of concerned are then discussed in more detail: 1) the self-selecting participation of those pre-committed to dialogue; 2) the problem of claiming that there are common points of ethical agreement between traditions; 3) the inherent Western liberal agenda; 4) the apparent assumption of monolithic faiths; and, 5) the difficulty of hearing the voices of oppressed and excluded groups. Rather than rejecting the positive aspects of the project, it is suggested that a number of localized ethical systems, which may develop into a Global Ethic, should be envisaged.