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One of the world’s most influential philosophers here considers the ethical issues surrounding globalization. Peter Singer discusses climate change, the role of the World Trade Organization, human rights and humanitarian intervention, and foreign aid, showing how a global ethic rather than a nationalistic approach can provide illuminating answers to important problems.TheOne of the world’s most influential philosophers here considers the ethical issues surrounding globalization. Peter Singer discusses climate change, the role of the World Trade Organization, human rights and humanitarian intervention, and foreign aid, showing how a global ethic rather than a nationalistic approach can provide illuminating answers to important problems.The book encompasses four main global issues: climate change, the role of the World Trade Organization, human rights and humanitarian intervention, and foreign aid. Singer addresses each vital issue from an ethical perspective and offers alternatives to the state-centric approach that characterizes international theory and relations today. Posing a bold challenge to narrow or nationalistic views, Singer presents a realistic, new way of looking at contemporary global issues—through a prism of ethics....

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One World: The Ethics of Globalization Reviews

  • Alireza Sahafzadeh
    2019-06-19 22:59

    یک جهان (اخلاق جهانی شدن) نوشته فیلسوف استرالیایی پیتر سینگر است که با نظریاتیکه در باب حمایت از حقوق حیوانات در پایان هزاره نوشت به شهرت رسید؛ وی در این کتاب که شش فصل دارد به جهانی شدن پرداخته است نظریه ای که بطور جدی در دهه پایانی قرن گذشته بحث شد و همچنان در بوته ی نقد و آزمایش قرار دارد؛ سینگر در فصل اول جهانی در حال تغییر و نیازمند تغییر را بحث می کند و در فصل های بعد نمونه هایی را به میان می آورد که لزوم این تغییر و تبدیل شدن به جهانی واحد یا همان جهانی شدن را در خود دارند مثال هایی از جمله نیاز به حفاظت جهانی از محیط زیست، اقتصاد جهانی،قانون جهانی و اجتماع جهانی برای ساختن دنیایی بهتر.کتاب با تمرکز بر تجربهه های سازمان اقتصاد جهانی بانک جهانی حملات یازده سپتامبر و از این دست افاقات پیش میرود و شاهد از این گونه رخدادها به میان می آورد.در جایی از کتاب اشاره میکند به سیل کمک هایی که به بازماندگان حملات یازده سپتامبر شد و اطلاعات دقیقی از حجم بالای آنها می دهد و در کنارش بیان می کند که در همان زمان سازمان ملل گزارشی منتشر می کند که در آن عنوان میشود سالانه ده میلیون کودک در اثر نبود امکانات ساده بهداشتی از قبیل آب سال یا سرم قندی نمکی جان خود را از دست میدهند و این در حالیست که با انتشار این گزارش سیل که هیچ باریکه ای از کمک ها نیز جاری نمیشود و به واکاوی علل این رخداد میپردازد که بسیار خواندنی و جالب است.کتاب در مجموع عالی ست و خواندنی

  • Mr.
    2019-06-17 23:07

    Peter Singer has long since proven himself to be one of the most important and influential ethical utilitarian philosophers of the 20th century. However, when Singer steps into the realm of politics things get a little murky; this book, "One World" is an analysis of Globalization and its effects, and it's a less than perfect work. For instance, Singer provides thorough background information on the harmful effects industry is having on the environment in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, and then moves into a section on politics and international law. Now the problem with his research is that the majority of the sources he cites in the footnotes are outdated web pages that can no longer be accessed, hardly something you want to ground your beliefs about globalization in. The exception to this is the source for footnote 33 on page 45 of the "One Atmosphere" chapter, which links to an excellent website detailing the U.S.'s steadily increasing rate of Carbon Dioxide Emissions which confirm his claims. Unfortunately, a number of these online resources Singer cites cannot be reached, I'm referring now to footnotes 5 and 6 of chapter 1 which details U.N. reports, footnotes 2 and 4 of chapter 2 are also not available, as are footnotes 10, 11, 20, 35, 37, and 59 of chapter 3, "One Economy," and these are just a sampling of the sources I checked. The majority of this is highly unreliable data, and it's not just the websites, Singer relies very heavily on Thomas Friedman's biased book "The Lexus and the Olive Tree," see footnotes 15,16, and 17 of chapter 1. Clearly there's a dilemma for people who are serious about this topic after reading through Singer's notes. Hell, maybe every single source cited in this book is correct, but I couldn't verify a great deal of it. But that's just one complaint I have with the book; in addition, Singer indicates to me that he just isn't an expert on politics in any sense of the word. For instance, when discussing international law and humanitarian intervention initiatives, Singer simply confuses political "authority" with political "legitimacy" outright. Not only that, but he proceeds to discuss genocide and crimes against humanity with regard to Democratic political systems without offering any kind of working definition of democracy. I wonder if he realizes that the so-called democracy in the U.S. contributed to the genocide in East Timor. Anyway, as I've said before Singer is an excellent ethical philosopher, but his politics is pretty amateurish. Perhaps my biggest complaint with the book is Singer's failure to analyze the connection between the rise of globalization with the rise of poverty, pollution, war, etc. He simply describes globalization as a phenomenon, detailing the facets of the WTO and so on, without offering much of a thoughtful connection between that phenomenon with the other ethical concerns of the book. To put it simply, Singer ultimately cops out in offering a normative judgment on globalization as a whole, preferring instead to move on to other issues like international law and nationalism, issues that for me at least are intimately related to globalization. The book does have some good insights to offer; the final section where Singer analyzes the U.S.'s frugal contributions to Third World countries is particularly striking, and he offers some insightful solutions to solving problems of global poverty and suffering. Additionally, he offers some interesting criticisms of John Rawls' work in political justice and his failure to address issues of justice between differing societies. Yet, I'm afraid this book has too many problems to recommend or rely on, but I'm sure there are many superior books on globalization for readers who are willing to look.

  • Jasper L
    2019-06-21 17:43

    Although I do not entirely agree. It was a good read

  • Joe Noteboom
    2019-06-11 22:55

    I love/hate reading Peter Singer because his ethical arguments are so clear and logical that he almost invariably succeeds in making me feel guilty. In that it makes me reflect on the morality of my own lifestyle this is a good thing. In One World, Singer is strongest at the individual level, advocating for an individual's responsibility to help those less fortunate (with a specific focus on extreme global poverty). I especially liked his description/prescription of 'two-level utilitarianism' in which an individual goes about her day-to-day life without being overly concerned with the morality of every decision she makes (essential to mental health really), but also has moments of philosophical reflection in which she makes the necessary moral calculations and decides what kinds of general principles/values are going to inform this first level. He basically seems to use this as a means of softening his generally quite rigid moral demands. The chapters on global politics and his call for a democratically-elected, world legislature (modeled on the European Parliament) and somewhat less convincing mostly because they're so farfetched. I understand that he's merely making an ethical case with minimal regard to geopolitical realities, but for me he's just a lot more convincing on an individual level. Animal Liberation is on my list but I'm worried about the impact it'll have on my day-to-day.

  • Worthless Bum
    2019-06-13 01:09

    Peter Singer brings his well reasoned and superbly lucid writing (he is as lucid as any philosopher I've ever read) to the task of assesing the ethics of globalization. Singer covers not only the economic aspect of globalization (which is what most people are referring to when they say "globalization") but addresses international law, poverty, and global warming. Singer's treatment of poverty is nothing new to those already familiar with his views on this subject. He argues that we should give more money to aid organizations like Oxfam and goes into some detail as to why.The economic chapter is substantially an assessment of the WTO, using the WTO's own outline of its operating policies and seeing how well the WTO follows them. Singer takes the most common criticisms of the WTO and determines how accurate they are.The global warming chapter addresses the resposibility each nation has regarding how much greenhouse gas emmissions are to be curtailed.An excellent book overall that stands up to the extraordinary quality of Peter Singer's past works.

  • Liz
    2019-05-29 17:48

    Peter Singer is an incredible writer, and a brilliant thinker. His biggest strength is as a philosopher and in One World, this is the tool he uses to debunk Western political philosphy, specifically as it relates to the concepts of nation-states, diplomacy, and capitalism. Peter Singer is a professor (in New Mexico I believe) and this book definitely reads as a text designed for students. I found it hard to turn off the impulse to underline and highlight as the architecture of his arguments leapt off the page. Singer's thesis is to suggest that the current course of western civilization is at best, inadequate, and at worst suicidal. He explains that to honor global democracy, we must make a shift away from nationalism and capitalism and create a more socialized global government in which members are wholly accountable for their actions locally and globally. Because the thesis is so broad, I found the book slightly repetitive at times, and occasionally boring, but at 200 pages, it goes by quickly enough to keep you going - another reason it seems destined for a classroom.

  • Ebba
    2019-06-14 00:05

    I read this book for my philosophy class and I thought I include it here to boost up my book count haha. I have pretty mixed feelings about this one. I'm kind of glad that we had to read it because it was interesting to read one of Peter Singer's works. He's a pretty controversial person so it was interesting to hear from his perspective. I would say that he makes some great points but then there are things that are completely bullshit in my opinion. Globalization could be considered to be on of my "nerd topics" haha so I might be overcritizing Singer, but I really think some of his arguments weren't that well based. I don't know, there was so much unnecessary ramblings at times. It should also be pointed out that this book was written in 2001, and because of that, a lot of the facts that Singer presents are "out of day" right now, so that made the reading experience less enjoyable.I'm glad that I read this book and it was pretty interesting at times, but I wouldn't exactly recommend it.

  • Eric Eisberg
    2019-06-14 01:01

    This is a good, though very limited, look at the ethics of globalization, a subject that requires significantly more study by philosophers. Singer addresses a few key points, but doesn't go into great detail about any of them. It has also become dated quickly, as events unfold faster than they have in previous eras. Recommended for people who like ethics, but not a must read.

  • Troy Farlow
    2019-06-02 00:51

    Read it in graduate school at Harvard. A very educational book. Amazing.

  • Liz
    2019-06-03 16:44

    "The future of the world depends on how well we meet it."This quote from the end of the book expertly summarizes the underlying message of it: We live in an increasingly and irreversibly global world - so what are we going to do about it? Singer divides his thoughts on the matter into four major sections: One Atmosphere, One Economy, One Law, and One Community. In each, he delves into an analysis of global organizations and political perspectives which influence and define how the nations of the world interact with each other, and what it means for the people living in them.Within tht context, he explores the responsibilty of each nation to combat climate change and abuse of resources (because we all share one planet), the nuanced issues of figuring out how to enact international law and global governance (because nations need to keep each other in check, to avoid human rights offenses), and the shared responsibilty to keep the world's poorest people from starving and dying of preventable things (because national boundaries should not determine who starves and who doesn't). Among several other related points explored in the book, he also calls out the United States several times for being particularly obstinate in these affairs, which is extremely important.For each point, he deconstructs counter-arguments and counter-examples point by point, weaving a tight-knit argument throughout the book. I believe there are some specifics points and arguments he made which could still be challenged, but I'll leave that to other experts for now.The only drawback to the book is that it was written in 2002, which (believe or not!) is over a decade ago. I'll need to do some fact-checking to catch up on some of the statistics and data cited in the book. Overall, however, it's a great read and the basic arguments are timeless.. or rather, they are timely: Singer's proposals should be taken seriously in today's world, and after a decade I hope that they are gaining more traction on the international stage.

  • J.
    2019-06-09 17:51

    A book about the problems of globalization. For the most part, in this book the author stays away from the controversial themes for which he is infamous. His suggestions seem quite sensible on the surface. But the devil is in the details.At some point he argues for a global governing body to encourage human rights for instance. But, just how much can this be pushed? What to some may seem as a fundamental human right (the so-called right to abortion) is to others a license to commit murder. And even now, for instance, some people are already pushing the U.N. to pressure its members into accepting abortion as a human right under the guise of a right to healthcare. It is not surprising that the ones pushing the U.N. are citizens of a country which has the most power within the U.N. At what point does a global government become the megaphone and instrument of acculturation for whichever government is truly running said global government?In other words, what if the global government gets it dramatically wrong? Surely fighting a murderous government is easier when that government isn't backed up by all the armies of the world?

  • Brian Hull
    2019-06-16 18:01

    In this book, Singer looks at the ethics of globalization through the lens of four issues: the environment, the economy, law, and nation states. While every section brought up interesting ethical dilemmas, I enjoyed this book primarily because it asks one fundamental question that is very difficult and uncomfortable to answer in the final part. Why, as a society, do we not seem to care about the suffering of others throughout the world, and when we do express concern why are we more likely to help those immediately around us versus the much less fortunate in other countries? Theories abound that try to address this question, but ultimately, Singer concludes that they are insufficient, morally speaking, and that we are required to be globally focused and do more. There is no excuse for Singer when people do not help alleviate the suffering and destitution of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged citizens, especially when doing so incurs no significant burden on themselves.

  • Ted Child
    2019-05-28 17:51

    I’m interested in ethics from a global perspective (different from a universal perspective) so I had high expectations for this book, probably too high. Written in 2002, this book is already a bit dated with the economic section focusing on the WTO, rather than economic globalization in general, which I was hoping for and a lot about Bush and his politics that are hopefully a thing of the past, at least for awhile. The best section is the last but it recovers a lot of ground that Singer has already covered in his very important essay on affluence. I think this has some good stuff in it and some important ideas but I fear it’s no classic of ethical thought. Singer’s adherence to Utilitarianism seems like a hindrance and the shadow of one of my greatest pet peeves, world government, lies heavily but thankfully doesn’t raise its head till the very end.

  • Brendan O'Donnell
    2019-06-13 19:45

    Singer has an incredible mind for piecing together complex ethical arguments in an approachable, logical way. In 'One World', he carefully examines the typical arguments for and against globalisation, and while on occasion he diverts to some relatively simple philosophical theories, in general his points are clear and logical. Reading this book left me with the simple impression that while many of the arguments against the instruments of globalisation are crude and often exaggerated, they are generally well-founded; this does not, however, mean that we should abandon globalisation, according to Singer. Rather, we should question the institutions typically associated with it, and improve on these models, to create a better morality the world over.

  • Sean
    2019-06-21 21:13

    Singer's approach to the issue of globalization -- breaking it down into a few discrete topics (carbon emissions, the WTO, foreign aid, etc.) and then methodically weighing opposing approaches to each one -- perhaps isn't the most moving rhetorical style. But the book does eventually coalesce into a fairly strong argument against the nationalist mentality. And the obvious loser of that argument? The U.S., natch.Nothing shocking in here, but did pick up a few interesting facts of which I was not previously aware and maybe a few of my beliefs were left shaded slightly differently. At 200 pages, and sticking more with data and "logic" than theories and ideas, it is a quick read.

  • Ernest
    2019-05-27 20:06

    Singer argues passionately and coherently for his views about the ethics of globalisation. With chapter on, amongst other things, the atmosphere, economy and law, he has the ability to both marshal an argument and state his reasons as to why other arguments are deficient/wrong. One may not necessarily agree with his points (I have particular difficulty and rebuttals for some points be makes about economy and the World Trade Organisation, and international and domestic law), but a serious, well argued view about these issues as presented in this book is much better than any superficial thoughts that crystallise into ignorance.

  • Paul
    2019-06-13 17:54

    Unfortunately i have to give this book a low grade. It's an interesting topic and Singer is an interesting thinker, however his research is very sloppy. While I was initially enthusiastic, after doing my own research i found that many of his thoughts are based on faulty information and cannot stand. However, if you are interested in thinking in ethics, this is an excellent exercise, if not a manual for real-world problems.

  • Dayton
    2019-06-25 21:06

    Necessary overview of how our morals should respond to the increasing permeability of national borders (specifically climate change, trade, intervention on behalf of human rights, and global poverty), and of how out of touch the reality is (especially with regards to the USA) with anything approaching consistent ethical principles. It is too short to adequately address all the issues, but on the bright side this makes it an accessible read.

  • DJ
    2019-06-22 18:13

    Singer is intelligent but this book is just downright boring. Its repetitive and mostly relays common sense.I only made it to the third chapter on the new global economy. Expecting a broad, political, and philosophical discussion, I found only a lengthy attack on the WTO.This book just simply didn't seem worth my time.

  • Luke
    2019-06-06 19:43

    An application of a modern form of utilitarianism to a modern, globalized world. He also criticizes Rawls for not extending his system to sufficiently cover international relations and global governance. I do think he is too optimistic about the powers of NGOs to positively impact the amount of suffering in the world, especially in comparison to the social and economic policies of governments.

  • Shelley
    2019-06-22 00:02

    at this point, the data is a little outdated but the concepts are still relevant and worth examining. there were times when it was redundant to the point of beating a dead horse. if you want to feel guilty about being an american, read this book.

  • Liesl Kruse
    2019-05-30 22:47

    Singer writes this book with a discussion on ethics in the inevitable evolution of our worldwide community. I enjoyed his arguments and his accusations were well supported. The main topics are globalization, the ethics of WTO, and our role in the environment.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-15 23:53

    I picked this one up to try to learn more about globalization and the impact on third world countries. This one was informative, but I ended up skimming a lot because some of it was over my head.

  • Clay
    2019-05-30 00:59

    Singer continues to force me to examine and re-examine my paradigms, not a casual examination, but a naked-in-front-of-the-mirror self-examination.His ideas have shaped me, and I feel that if people allow themselves to be vulnerable, his ideas can shape the world for good.

  • Alicia Suschena
    2019-06-11 23:04

    Read this for class: Ethics of Globalization with Dr. Allison Wolf. Singer provides a Utilitarian perspective and analysis of globalization regarding the economy, atmosphere and much more.

  • Renee
    2019-05-31 20:58

    Ethics meet globalization. Great read, especially for those whose national pride trumps your support for global ethics.

  • Jeffrey Cavanaugh
    2019-05-29 00:56

    Though a bit dated, Singer's application of Rawl's Theory of Justice to the problems of a globalized world remain as relevant today as when the book was written.

  • Joe Sabet
    2019-05-28 22:51

    Well written, balanced, and thorough parts on climate change, economic globalization, and world security. I learned a lot. Written almost 15 years ago but still relevant, since problems persist.

  • jessica
    2019-06-23 23:04

    Not very philosophically compelling yet, nonetheless, necessary.

  • Kristen
    2019-06-16 18:43

    Liked this one because it was very thought provoking. Not much leads me to vigorously debate and this one did.