Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What Did the Constitution Mean to Early Americans or Global Ethics

What Did the Constitution Mean to Early Americans?

Author: Edward Countryman

What did the Constitution mean to early Americans? Ostensibly the foundational document of a sovereign American people, the U.S. Constitution affected different kinds of Americans in very different ways. Modern historians have investigated its impact on various groups in an effort to determine what the Constitution meant to the founding generation of Americans. Exploring how early Americans shaped, responded to, and debated the document, this volume's 5 selections attempt to gauge the Constitution's ultimate success in forging a government based on the consent of the American people.


Reprints five recent essays exploring what the political issues were in 1787, whether the Framers were counter-revolutionaries, what the Federalists achieved, whether the Constitution created a republic of white men, and whether we can know the original intent of the Framers. In addition to providing information and insights on a particular subject, the anthology demonstrates to student historians the kinds of approaches and methods the profession calls for. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Interesting book: The Hormone of Desire or Bra Talk

Global Ethics: Seminal Essays

Author: Thomas Pogg

About the Author:
Thomas Pogge is Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University. Research Director in the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo, and Professorial Fellow in the Australian National University Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, which generously paid all the permission fees for this volume and its companion Global Justice

About the Author:
Keith Horton is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia

Table of Contents:

Preface     xiii
Introduction     xxv
Famine, Affluence, and Morality   Peter Singer     1
Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor   Garrett Hardin     15
Just War and Human Rights   David Luban     29
The Moral Standing of States: A Response to Four Critics   Michael Walzer     51
Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs, Part I   Michael W. Doyle     73
Cosmopolitan Ideals and National Sentiment   Charles R. Beitz     107
Is Patriotism a Virtue?   Alasdair MacIntyre     119
Rights, Obligations and World Hunger   Onora O'Neill     139
The Concept of Development   Amartya Sen     157
National Self-Determination   Avishai Margalit   Joseph Raz     181
Subsistence Emissions and Luxury Emissions   Henry Shue     207
Gender Inequality and Cultural Differences   Susan Moller Okin     233
Population: Delusion and Reality   Amartya Sen     259
Individual Responsibility in a Global Age   Samuel Scheffler     291
Who Are We? Moral Universalism and Economic Triage   Richard Rorty     313
Sections 1-3 of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Living High and Letting Die   Peter Unger     325
The Justification of National Partiality   Thomas Hurka     379
Conditions of an Unforced Consensus on Human Rights   Charles Taylor     405
[section] 15 and [section] 16 of The Law of Peoples   John Rawls     431
The Real Tragedy of the Commons   Stephen M. Gardiner     447
Distributing Responsibilities   David Miller     481
Moral Closeness and World Community   Richard W. Miller     507
"Assisting" the Global Poor   Thomas Pogge     531
"Saving Amina": Global Justice for Women and Intercultural Dialogue   Alison M. Jaggar     565
Index     605

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