The goal of this work is not to produce a technical and doctrinal text dealing with key issues of global governance, human rights and international law. The goal is to introduce a wider perspective on these subjects, which not only deals with the traditional foundations of international law, human rights and governance but also infuses the traditional and doctrinal approach with a historical and present-day critique. Underlying this critique is a metaphorical and an adapted philosophical thesis. This introduction serves to initiate the reader into these metaphorical and adapted philosophical themes. The substantive and historical critique of global governance, human rights and international law form the content of the individual chapters that follow.