Ethics, Economics and International Relations
Peter BrownISBN: 0748608923;
In this important book Peter Brown charts a new future for the species that share the earth. He offers an innovative, yet historically grounded, argument for human rights to bodily integrity; to moral, religious, and political choice; and to subsistence that all persons owe each other irrespective of nationality. He also argues that we have direct moral obligations to non-humans - he calls this "respect for the commonwealth of life". Honoring these obligations requires a thorough re-grounding of human institutions. The book concludes with the argument that traditional prerogatives of nation states need to be transparent to enforceable international standards concerning human rights and the commonwealth of life, and offers a practical agenda for beginning this fundamental reorientation.
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