Responsibility in a globalised environment : a charter of human responsibilitiesResponsibility in a globalised environment : a charter of human responsibilities
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Research group
Center for Ethics
Publication type
Source (journal)
Journal of global responsibility
3(2012):1, p. 111-120
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
University of Antwerp
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore how one can prevent the flaws or dark sides of the globalisation process from leading to ever-greater decay of responsibility. By decay of responsibility, is meant the threat that globalisation poses to what is referred to by philosophers such as David Harvey, John McMurtry and Paul Ricoeur, as the longing for being and solidarity with the other(s). Design/methodology/approach To put a stop to the decay of responsibility, the urgency of a broader ethical dimension in globalisation is more apparent than ever before. The threat the globalisation process poses to the longing for being and solidarity with the other(s), increasingly necessitates an appropriate responsible global institution. Findings Of central importance are the principles of merit and need as possible basis of a responsible institution. The intrinsic logic of the merit principle incorporated in the growth process of globalisation, induces a series of impermissible side effects. Therefore, the traditional correction of democracy giving priority to the principle of need instead of merit, no longer appears to counteract the market economy to be able to provide guarantees for a responsible globalisation process. Research limitations/implications Politics needs to assure the survival of the social community, all the more so if its future is under considerable threat. The acceptance of responsibility implies also the care for the most fragile. Practical implications The paper explains the need of an ethics of responsibility that transcends the excessive ego-centric globalised society. Therefore, participatory or responsible justice is considered to be of the utmost importance. Participation should be broadly interpreted and include policy makers, environmentalists, scientists, economists, lawyers, ethicists, consumers, farmers and other representatives of civil society. Originality/value The present worldwide economic, social and ecological crises have created fertile ground for claiming the need for an internationally recognized charter setting out human responsibilities. The concept of a Charter of Human Responsibilities can be an original elaboration of the concern with institutionalising responsibility