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Practical judgement in international political theory: selected essays

Brown, Chris (2010) Practical judgement in international political theory: selected essays. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415564618

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Abstract

These essays include influential statements on the role of normative theory and international ethics, the so-called ‘cosmopolitan-communitarian debate’ and anti-foundationalist thought in international relations, as well as important contributions to Rawlsian and Post-Rawlsian theories of international and global justice. The most recent papers address subjects such as the notion of global civil society, and controversies over the ethics of pre-emptive warfare, and the inevitably selective nature of humanitarian interventions. The book includes a framing introduction written for this volume, in which Brown discusses his own influences, and the evolution of his thinking throughout his career. Although this evolution has involved a progressively less critical viewpoint towards liberal thought and liberal internationalism, and a greater commitment to universal values, some things have remained constant – in particular a focus on the importance of political judgement and scepticism directed towards the idea that there are simple solutions to complex problems. The collection ends fittingly with a critique of the popular cosmopolitanism of figures such as Bono and Bob Geldof.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.routledge.com/
Additional Information: © 2010 Chris Brown
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 13:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 23:23
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/27903

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