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Ethics, Justice and International Relations

Constructing an International Community, 1st Edition

By Peter Sutch


240 pages

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This topical and timely book critically explores contemporary liberal international relations theory. In the fifty years since the declaration of human rights, the language of international relations has come to incorporate the language of justice and injustice. The book argues that if justice is to become the governing principle of international politics, then liberals must recognise that their political preferences cannot be the preconditions of global ethics. The hierarchy of international political ethics must be constructed afresh so that the first principles of justice are accessible to all agents as political and ethical equals.

This book will be essential reading for students and scholars in politics, international relations, political theory and ethics.

Table of Contents


1. Setting the Scene; International Relations as Political Theory

2. Cosmopolitanism and Critical Cosmopolitanism

3. Developmental communitarianism: liberal Ambitions, Secular Approaches

4. Critical Constructivism: Onora O'Neill on Moral and Institutional Cosmopolitanism

5. Secular Hegelianism: Frost and the Limits of Developmental communitarianism

6. Michael Walzer: Moral Creativity and the Minimalist Universalism of Reiteration

7. John Rawls, Developmental Communitarianism and International Ethics


About the Author

Peter Sutch is Lecturer in the School of European Studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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