Us Before Me: Ethics And Social Capital For Global Well-being

Paperback | February 15, 2012

byPatricia Illingworth

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In the last three decades we've experienced increasing "intense moral individualism," and at the same time we've witnessed massive globalization. To some degree, at least, these trends are in opposition and even conflict. Patricia Illingworth explores concepts, structures and institutions that we might develop to make their interactions constructive, rather than destructive, and makes the case that "social capital" is a moral good and that ethics and law can play a vital role in both replenishing our reservoir of social capital, and in sustaining it at higher levels. Thisshort, powerful and passionate book argues that "social capital" should be an essential ethical concept guiding our actions, and explains how one might go about implementing this idea in a positive way.

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In the last three decades we've experienced increasing "intense moral individualism," and at the same time we've witnessed massive globalization. To some degree, at least, these trends are in opposition and even conflict. Patricia Illingworth explores concepts, structures and institutions that we might develop to make their interaction...

Patricia Illingworth is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University. She is also a Lecturer in Law at Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Illingworth has held Fellowships at Harvard Law School and at Harvard Medical School. She is the author ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.13 × 5.08 × 0.64 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230314430

ISBN - 13:9780230314436

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Making a Difference

The Heart of the Matter

The Ethics of Us

The Moral Sweet Spot

With a Little Help from the Law

Giving Back

Global People

Notes

References

Index

 

Editorial Reviews

"Us Before Me is a timely and thoughtful book. I hope that Illingworth's case for the importance of social capital, and especially global social capital, will be widely read and highly influential." - Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, USA.