Good life on a global scale

A Day Conference on Globalisation, Solidarity and Common Goods (combined with the launch of the book series ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics’ and marking its two first publications: Global Ethics and Global Common Goods by Patrick Riordan and Solidarity Without Borders: Ethics in the Globalised World, edited by Janusz Salamon)

The conference will explore several moral philosophical questions related to the idea of good life in the context of globalisation. Bearing in mind the diversity of ethical traditions, it will focus on two inter-related themes: solidarity and global common goods. These themes are discussed in the first two volumes of the new book series ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics’ and will be presented by the authors of the publications in conversations with other conference speakers.

The conference intends to initiate an exciting and a more dialogical stage of enquiry in global ethics in which the less represented voices, perspectives and disciplines are considered important. We are inviting anyone who is interested in the theme of the event, the new book series, and future studies in the area of theoretical as well as practical multidisciplinary global ethics.

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9.30 – 10.00           Coffee, Registration and Welcome
10.00 – 11.00          ‘Good Life on a Global Scale: A Chinese Perspective’ Professor Guxoiang Peng, China
11.00 – 11.30          Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00          Solidarity Session (incl. 20-30 mins discussion), chaired by Dr Peter Coughlan, Heythrop College, University of London

  • ‘The Art of Solidarity’, Dr Anna Abram, Heythrop College, University of London
  • ‘Global Solidarity and Value Pluralism’, Dr Janusz Salamon, Charles University,  Prague, Czech Republic.

13.00 – 14.00          Lunch
14.00 – 15.00          'Moral responsibility and moral imagination in global supply chain of conflict minerals' Dr Miho Taka, Coventry University
15.00 – 15.20          Musical Interlude by Heythrop Schola Cantorum
15.20 – 15.45          Tea Break
15.45 – 17.15          Common Goods Session (incl. 20-30 mins discussion), chaired by Janusz Salamon, Charles University, Prague

  • 'What can we learn about our common goods from our common bads?' Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, Heythrop College, University of London
  •  ‘Augustine’s Political Rhetoric and Government for the Global Common Good’, Dr Esther Reed, Exeter University

17.15 – 18.00 ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics’ book series launch and wine reception, Ms Liza Thompson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Philosophy, Bloomsbury Publishing

Copies of Patrick Riordan’s, Global Ethics and Global Common Goods and Janusz Salamon’s (ed.) Solidarity Beyond Borders: Ethics in the Globalising World will be  available at a discounted price


Dr Anna Abram is Head of Pastoral and Social Studies and Senior Lecturer in Ethics at Heythrop College, University of London. She is co-editor (together with Janusz Salamon) of the Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics book series, assistant editor of Forum Philosophicum and member of editorial boards of several international journals. She convenes an MA in Contemporary Ethics. Her recent publications include papers on moral imagination, solidarity, moral growth through failure, and ethics and theatre.

Prof PENG Guoxiang 彭國翔 received his PhD from Peking University and is now Qiu Shi Distinguished Professor of Chinese philosophy, intellectual history and religions at Zhejiang University. He serves as the vice-president of the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy(ISCWP), vice-president of Chinese Society for the Learning of Wang Yangming, and board member of many international journals. His publications include The Unfolding of the Innate Good Knowing: Wang Ji and the Yangming Learning in Mid-Late Ming (2003, 2005, 2015), Confucian Tradition: Between Religion and Humanism (2007), Confucian Tradition and Chinese Philosophy: Retrospect and Prospect in a New Century (2009), Confucian Tradition from Classical Period to Its Contemporary Transformation: Speculation and Interpretation(2012), Revision and New Discovery: Historical Study of Pre-Modern Confucianism from Northern Song till Early Qing Dynasty(2013, 2015), Reconstruction of This Culture of Ours: Confucianism and Contemporary World(2013).

Dr Esther D. Reed is author of Theology for International Law (T and T Clark, 2013), The Ethics of Human Rights: Contested Doctrinal and Moral Problems (Baylor University Press, 2001), Good Work: Christian Ethics in the Workplace (Baylor University Press, 2010), and co-editor with Michael Dumper of Civil Liberties, National Security and Prospects for Consensus: Legal, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, paperback 2014).  She is a member of the Methodist Church Faith and Order Committee and currently writing on a moral theology of responsibility in a global age.

Dr Patrick Riordan SJ teaches political philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London since 2002, having formerly worked at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin. His current research interests are the Common Good, Religion in Public Life, and the Philosophy of Justice. As well as his publications on the common good, recent articles have dealt with human dignity and human rights, restorative justice in penal policy, the proposed legislation for the autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines, and legislating for same-sex marriage.

Dr Janusz Salamon was born in Poland and was educated at Heythrop College, University of London, Campion Hall, University Oxford, and Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He is currently Senior Lecturer in moral and political philosophy at Charles University in Prague and Adjunct Professor at New York University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the 'European Journal for Philosophy of Religion', Vice-President of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion, and Associate Research Fellow in the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Dr Miho Taka holds a PhD in international relations and sociology, and is currently a senior lecturer at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University, England. Her research interests include natural resource management, global governance, business and human rights, corporate social responsibility and peace-building. She has published several papers on artisanal mining and conflict issues. She is a reviewer for several international academic journals and sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:00 to 18:00
Heythrop College
Kensington Square
W8 5HN
United Kingdom