Global Responsibility and the Enhancement of Life


  • William Schweiker University of Chicago, USA




This article advances a conception of global ethics in terms of the centrality of responsibility to the moral life and also the moral good of the enhancement of life. In contrast to some forms of global ethics, the article also seeks to warrant the use of religious sources in developing such an ethics. Specifically, the article seeks to demonstrate the greater adequacy of a global ethics of responsibility for the enhancement of life against rival conceptions developed in terms of Human Rights discourse or the so-called Capabilities Approach. The article ends with a conception of ‘conscience’ as the mode of human moral being and the experience of religious transcendence within the domains of human social and historical life. From this idea, conscience is specified a human right and capacity to determine the humane use of religious resources and also the norm for the rejection of inhumane expressions of religion within global ethics.


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How to Cite

Schweiker, W. (2016) “Global Responsibility and the Enhancement of Life”, De Ethica, 3(1), pp. 33–44. doi: 10.3384/de-ethica.2001-8819.163133.