Ascent to Freedom: Practical and Philosophical Foundations of Democratic World Law
- Glen T. Martin
- May, 2008
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About this book
In this book, Glen T. Martin traces the historical development of the concept of law from Ancient times to the present. He shows the development of the concept to the present as the development of the ideas of democratic law, the universality of law, and human rights.
Dr. Martin then examines contemporary philosophy of law to show both its current limitations and contradictions and its place in the development of Democratic World law. In doing so, Martin allows us to see real hope in our current intellectual milieu and the possibility of a positive future for humanity.
About the author
Glen T. Martin is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Peace Studies Program at Radford University in Virginia.
As President of International Philosophers for Peace, and Secretary General of the World Constitution and Parliament Association, he has lectured and traveled in many countries of the world in the service of world peace and a prosperous future for everyone on Earth. He is author of From Nietzsche to Wittgenstein: The Problem of Truth and Nihilism in the Modern World, Millennium Dawn: The Philosophy of Planetary Crisis and Human Liberation, and dozens of articles on a variety of topics in political commentary, comparative philosophy, the spirituality of human liberation, economic democracy, democratic world government, and global social issues.
Full Chapter and Sub-chapter titles:
I. Introduction: Ascent to Freedom
II. The Democratic Foundations
- The Modern World System
- The Moral Foundations of Democracy
- What is Political Legitimacy?
- Sovereignty of the People of Earth
- The Current System of International Law
- The Concept of World Law
III. Principle of Unity in Diversity
IV. Philosophy of Law Foundations: The Ancients to Rousseau
V. Philosophy of Law Foundations: Kant to Contemporary
VI. The Philosophy of Law
- Historical development of the concept of law
- The tradition of natural law
- The nature of law
- The failure of legal positivism
VII. The Ecological Foundations
VIII. The Justice and Human Rights Foundations
IX. The Peace and Nonviolence Foundations
X. The Economic Foundations
XI. The Earth Constitution as the foundation of democratic world law