False Choices: A Response to Michael Ignatieff's The Ordinary Virtues

Vasanthakumar, Ashwini | 2019

King's Law Journal 30, 356-362

Abstract

Part political journalism, travel memoir, political theory, sociology, anthropology, and moral psychology, Michael Ignatieff’s The Ordinary Virtues defies easy description. Over the course of three years, Ignatieff visits New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Bosnia, Yangon, Fukushima, and South Africa — societies recovering from conflict and remaining, under various guises, in crisis. Under the auspices of the Carnegie Foundation, and accompanied by a team of researchers and local informers, Ignatieff seeks to discover whether economic globalisation has yielded moral globalisation, and if the discourse of human rights is now a moral lingua franca.

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King's Law Journal 30, 356-362

Abstract

Part political journalism, travel memoir, political theory, sociology, anthropology, and moral psychology, Michael Ignatieff’s The Ordinary Virtues defies easy description. Over the course of three years, Ignatieff visits New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Bosnia, Yangon, Fukushima, and South Africa — societies recovering from conflict and remaining, under various guises, in crisis. Under the auspices of the Carnegie Foundation, and accompanied by a team of researchers and local informers, Ignatieff seeks to discover whether economic globalisation has yielded moral globalisation, and if the discourse of human rights is now a moral lingua franca.

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