Global ethics book cover

Professor Heather Widdows' Global Ethics - An Introduction was published on Acumen on 29th of September. The aim of this textbook is to introduce students to both theory and practice of Global Ethics. The book addresses global ethical issues such as global governance and citizenship, poverty and development, war and terrorism, bioethics, environmental and climate ethics and gender justice.


1. What is Global Ethics?
2. Cases Studies for Global Ethics
3. Moral Theory for Global Ethics
4. Political Theory for Global Ethics
5. Rights Theory for Global Ethics
6. Global Governance and Citizenship
7. Global Poverty
8. Global Conflict: War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Intervention
9. Global Bioethics
10. Global Environmental and Climate Ethics
11. Global Gender Justice

Some reviews of the book:

"Global Ethics provides a superb analysis of the ethical issues that arise at the global level. It succeeds in both covering a great deal of ground and in doing so in considerable depth. One particularly attractive feature of the book is the way it unites ethical analysis with detailed accounts of the practical challenges that we face today. Global Ethics is also wonderfully clear, and introduces complex ideas in an extremely accessible and illuminating way." – Simon Caney, University of Oxford

"Global Ethics surveys a vast amount of work on the subject, offers a comprehensive introduction to its themes, represents the arguments with care and accuracy, and is written remarkably clearly. Its use of important case-studies to introduce students to the field will stimulate thinking and show the real-world relevance of the theories discussed. This is an exceptional introduction to global ethics.” – Darrel Moellendorf, San Diego State University

“An excellent text that deserves to become the standard introduction to the topic. It makes complex issues intelligible to a broad range of potential readers, including those who have done little or no philosophy, without at any point dumbing down. An impressive achievement, the book is at once usable, engaging and thought-provoking.” – Bob Brecher, University of Brighton

"Widdows illuminates today's leading theories with compelling case-studies, expertly blending philosophy and practice. Those looking for a vivid and accessible overview of the best contemporary thinking about global ethics should read this book." – Leif Wenar, King's College London

"A highly engaging and excellent introduction to ethical issues in a global context. Widdows does an outstanding job including a vast array of important global ethical issues, integrating philosophical and empirical concerns smoothly in her analysis. She discusses an impressive amount of current literature in an accessible way. A delightfully fresh approach that students are bound to find stimulating and rewarding." – Gillian Brock, University of Auckland