Trames

Covers a wide range of the humanities and social sciences with preference to broader theoretical attitude and a possible interdisciplinary approach.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 4, December

Autonomy and Duties to Distant Strangers
1. Introduction It is generally accepted that we have certain positive moral duties to other persons irrespective of whether they are our fellow citizens or citizens of even distant foreign countries. It is also widely believed that states may show...
Read preview Overview
Carbon Debt and the (In)significance of History
1. Introduction 1.1. Aims and structure My aim in this paper is to discuss the so-called carbon debt from the point of view of normative political theory. I want to suggest that the retrospective character of carbon debt need not be given as...
Read preview Overview
Defending the Precautionary Principle against Three Criticisms
1. Introduction The so-called precautionary principle (PP) that calls for early measures to avoid and mitigate uncertain environmental damages (and health hazards) in the future has come to the fore in risk discourses. A standard formulation of...
Read preview Overview
Defiance: A Comment on the Logic of Protest
1. Public protest, especially in its more militant and aggressive forms, is often a curiously paradoxical affair. Protesters, who claim that their views represent not only certain universal values and viewpoints, but also specific interests of a...
Read preview Overview
From the Guest Editor
This special issue of Trames delves into the problems of global ethics with a collection of eight papers dedicated to the topic. Most of the authors of the papers are trained philosophers, and therefore their approach is conceptual and normative rather...
Read preview Overview
Genetic Engineering and Contemporary Art: Structural Aspects and the Problems
1. Indigenous alien Judging from various revolutionary art trends in the 20th century (from Futurism and Dadaism to numerous components of the international art-network of its later years) that focused on the study of "the borders of culture fostering...
Read preview Overview
Global Freedom of Speech
1. Introduction "If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." George Orwell Rapid globalization is in these years causing people with very different cultural backgrounds to mix on an unprecedented...
Read preview Overview
Institutionalizing the Just War? A Critical Comment on Buchanan
1. Introduction Allen Buchanan has recently offered a re-evaluation of the principle that war is permissible only in response to an actual or imminent attack (Buchanan 2006). According to Buchanan, the sole reason for adopting this rule (Buchanan...
Read preview Overview
Prophesying Global Justice: Thinkers of the French Revolution on Universal Progress
1. Introduction One of the major criticisms of globalization is that it may not only lead to an environmental catastrophe or toward a feudalization of the relationship between rich and poor countries, but that it also leads to a monolithic consumerist...
Read preview Overview