This makes it unnecessary to retell these shocking statistics here. For the last thirty years Peter Singer has been arguing for a form of global redistributive justice that, if implemented, would radically alter the balance of the global economy. This essay examines his main argument before considering some criticisms and evaluating how strong in light of these his case really is. Due to space restrictions I will not touch on criticisms that Singer makes no distinction between causing someone deliberate harm and causing someone harm by doing nothing see Glover for this argument.
Oct 07, Mr. 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 Peter Singer has long since proven himself to be one of the most important and influential ethical utilitarian philosophers of the 20th century.
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 Now the problem with his research is that the majority of the sources he cites in the footnotes are outdated web pages that can no longer be accessed, hardly something you want to ground your beliefs about globalization in.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. 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.
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.
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. 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.Review of One World: The Ethics of Globalization Review Essay by Jack Perry.
One World: The Ethics of Globalization. by Peter Singer. Yale University Press. pages. $ Here is a different way of looking at the world and at the tumult of world affairs. 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 /5(49). by Peter Singer pages, Yale University Press, March , Paperback Known for his original and courageous thinking on matters ranging from the treatment of animals to genetic screening, in One World Peter Singer turns his attention to the ethical issues surrounding globalization.
Aug 09, · In a recent essay, the author read Peter Singer's One world: the ethics of globalization as an attempt to use utilitarianism as the universal solvent of reason in forging a unified stance towards. "Many people have written about the economic meaning of globalization; in One World Peter Singer explains its moral meaning.
His position is carefully developed, his tone is moderate, but his conclusions are radical and profound. One World Now seamlessly integrates major developments of the past decade into Peter Singer's classic text on the ethics of globalization, One World. Singer, often described as the world's most influential philosopher, here addresses such essential concerns as climate change, economic globalization, foreign aid, human rights, immigration, and.