Though Global Development Ethics has to do with economic theory, Souffrant (Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte) is a philosopher, and this book is effectively a reexamination of the philosophy of development, based on the interconnectedness of all peoples. In response to the failed relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the author argues that relief efforts must not only respond to the acute needs of communities, but also address the conditions that made those needs as dire as they were. In the first six of the book's nine chapters Soufrant discusses the relationship between the self and other; the exclusionary nature of national identity; the various philosophies of development; how liberal democracy, as an alternative to the economic model, exacerbates the problem of exclusion; moral capitalism in economic development projects; and the overall need for capitalist development projects to change their ethical basis. The next two chapters expand the discussion of global development ethics and consider the rationale for the use of technology as a development tool. In the final chapter Souffrant lays out a proposal for a more holistic approach to development.
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.
— Choice Reviews
Eddy Souffrant’s Global Development Ethics exceeds the critique of global capitalism signaled by its subtitle. Galvanized by the contradictions between human rights and arbitrary aid following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Souffrant poses and examines global ethical questions of identity, recognition, equality of opportunity, rights, and inclusion. This erudite and deeply reflective text should inform future development law and policy.
— Naomi Zack, Lehman College, CUNY
Eddy Souffrant’s writing returns continental thought to the sphere of development ethics, restoring approaches neglected since the departure of Denis Goulet. Souffrant’s relational approach, his focus upon race, and his case study of recent international efforts and their failures in Haiti are all welcome contributions to ethical discussions of global justice.
— Eric Palmer, Editor, Journal of Global Ethics, President, International Development Ethics Association