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Translating Khan on Singer: Global Solvent Versus Local Interpretation


  • Ilhan Can Ozen

    (The Johns Hopkins University, baltimore MD. 21218, USA.)

  • Sean M. Zeigler

    (The Johns Hopkins University, baltimore MD. 21218, USA.)


This work focuses on Peter Singer’s book, One World: The Ethics of Globalisation, and a reading of it recently presented by M. Ali Khan. Khan’s response to Singer is acutely critical, but ultimately fails to situate Singer’s offering in its proper historical context. In this sense, Khan’s response is not sufficient. We demonstrate that Singer’s offering is permeated by a universalising discourse marked by asymmetric power relations clearly described by Edward Said in Orientalism and, more surprisingly, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in The Possessed. We illustrate how Singer’s narrative and the counter-narrative of Khan represent a continuation of a longer historical disputation between the West and the East.

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  • Ilhan Can Ozen & Sean M. Zeigler, 2006. "Translating Khan on Singer: Global Solvent Versus Local Interpretation," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 45(2), pages 303-314.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:45:y:2006:i:2:p:303-314

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    Orientalism; Globalisation; Economy; Language; Translation; Communication; Domination; Dialogue; Local; Global; Community;

    JEL classification:

    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals


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