How to talk about ethics from a Western perspective
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The rise of English as a global language has brought with it ethical concepts that may not translate effectively into other cultures. Whether they choose to agree with Western concepts of ethics or not, understanding these concepts is important to anyone conducting their profession in this globalising world. The process of understanding is best undertaken through dialogue, a dialogue entered into with an open mind and a generous spirit. This dialogue needs to be a two-way process between Western and other ways of understanding what is the right way to live our lives. Understanding ethical concepts is necessary, but we need to avoid confusing understanding with agreement. I need to understand others to agree with them but do not need to agree with them to understand them. In this globalising world we should remember that ethics does cross national and cultural boundaries and we should engage in a process of understanding what behaving ethically looks like, sounds like and feels like in different cultures. This talk is intended to contribute to that process.
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