Ethical Theory in Global Perspective

Edited by Michael Hemmingsen

Subjects: Philosophy, Ethics, Asian Religion And Philosophy, Continental Philosophy
Hardcover : 9781438496856, 320 pages, February 2024
Paperback : 9781438496863, 320 pages, February 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-02-01
Expected to ship: 2024-02-01

A straightforward, accessible introduction to core theories in normative ethics from Western and non-Western philosophy suitable for the classroom.


Ethical Theory in Global Perspective provides an easy-to-teach introduction to ethical theory from a uniquely global perspective. In addition to key Western ethical theories—such as virtue ethics, consequentialism, various deontological theories, and care ethics—moral theories from a range of East Asian, South Asian, and African philosophical traditions and schools are also discussed, including Akan philosophy, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and both orthodox and heterodox schools of classical Indian philosophy. In short, this book is a key resource for educators who want to diversify their ethical theory curricula but are not sure how, as well as those currently teaching comparative ethics looking for a single textbook that covers a range of philosophical traditions in a clear, approachable way.

Michael Hemmingsen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tunghai University in Taiwan.


"This book contributes to the field in two important ways. Firstly, it makes a strong case for a more global approach to discussions of ethical theory. This is important because of the historical neglect (at least in Western universities) of non-Western ethical theories and approaches. Secondly, it provides a largely excellent textbook to deliver a broader ethical theory course." — David Hunter, University of Adelaide