Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Global Ethic

  • Günther Gebhardt
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_278


The concept of a “Global Ethic” attempts to respond to the search for an ethical consensus for society, while at the same time offering a basis for understanding and cooperation among religions. This approach assumes that a set of shared ethical values and standards is indispensable for the cohesion of society and for global peace and justice in general and that such a universally shared (“global”) ethic can be rediscovered in the age-old ethical teachings of the world’s religions and also in traditions of humanistic philosophy and ethics. The Global Ethic Project attempts to translate this insight into the various fields of society by practice-oriented activities. The origins of the Global Ethic idea date back to the 1980s when the Swiss catholic theologian Hans Küng(born 1928) discovered that the world’s religions, while differing from each other in many aspects, such as doctrines and ritual, hold some human values, ethical standards, and guidelines for behavior in common....
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günther Gebhardt
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  1. 1.Global Ethic FoundationTübingenGermany