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Decolonizing Global Ethics: Thinking with the Pluriverse

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 June 2019


This essay examines the idea of the pluriverse as one response to recent calls for the decolonization of international and global ethics. It argues that taking pluriversality seriously challenges prevailing understandings of global ethics as the acquisition and application of moral expertise. Instead of aiming to know the meaning of global justice and then apply it to particular contexts, a pluriversal ethics addresses the question of how to cultivate a practical ethic of coexistence and collaboration with others in an ontologically plural and radically hierarchical world.

Copyright © Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 2019 

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11 Dunford, “Toward a Decolonial Global Ethics,” p. 11.

12 Ibid., pp. 12–13.

13 Ibid., pp. 14–15.

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