Commentary: Küng's Global Ethic: Parametric Lacunae

Robertson, Roland
March 2001
International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society;2001, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p657
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the book "A Global Ethic for Politics and Economics," by Hans Küng. In spite of his having produced a lot of influential and genuinely scholarly work during a long and controversial career, Küng's work on global ethics, or what he would much prefer to call, a global ethic, is limited by its hubris, self-referentiality and messianism. Nonetheless, for a person who is so ostensibly respectful of the "world religions," if not of the primal religions of Africa, Latin America and elsewhere, it is odd that Küng himself should be, in effect, so lacking in respect for the endeavors of a large and growing number of people in many countries, in many academic disciplines and in many walks of life, who have been just as concerned as he with a cluster of problems that Küng has attempted to declare as "his." The first of the themes with which the author is concerned has to do with ways in which the process of globalization, considered in its comprehensive sense, has largely been responsible for the present interest in such issues as a global ethic, the idea of global community, global citizenship and the future of the nation-state and so on.


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