1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations

Edited By Brent J. Steele, Eric A. Heinze Copyright 2018
    602 Pages
    by Routledge

    602 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ethics and international Relations (IR), once considered along the margins of the IR field, has emerged as one of the most eclectic and interdisciplinary research areas today. Yet the same diversity that enriches this field also makes it a difficult one to characterize. Is it, or should it only be, the social-scientific pursuit of explaining and understanding how ethics influences the behaviours of actors in international relations? Or, should it be a field characterized by what the world should be like, based on philosophical, normative and policy-based arguments? This Handbook suggests that it can actually be both, as the contributions contained therein demonstrate how those two conceptions of ethics and international relations are inherently linked.

    Seeking to both provide an overview of the field and to drive debates forward, this Handbook is framed by an opening chapter providing a concise and accessible overview of the complex history of the field of ethics and IR, and a conclusion that discusses how the field may progress in the future and what subjects are likely to rise to prominence. Within are forty-four distinct and original contributions from scholars teaching and researching in the field, which are structured around eight key thematic sections:

    • philosophical foundations

    • international relations theory

    • international security and just war

    • justice, rights and global governance

    • international intervention

    • environment, health and migration

    • global economics

    • religion and ethics

    Drawing together a diverse range of scholars, the Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations provides a cutting-edge overview of the field by bringing together these eclectic, albeit dynamic, themes and topics. It will be an essential resource for students and scholars alike.

    Introduction  1 A history of ethics in international relations  Philosophical Foundations  Philosophical Foundations  2 Kantian Themes in Ethics and International Relations  3 Global Egalitarianism  4 Collective Responsibility  5 Latin American Views on the Construction and Implementation of the International Norm Responsibility to Protect  6 Agency, Explanation and Ethics in International Relations  IR theory  IR theory   7 Hunting the state of nature: Race and ethics in postcolonial international relations  8 Social constructivism and international ethics  9 Truth and power, uncertainty and catastrophe: Ethics in IR realism  10 Ethics and feminist International Relations theory  11 Critical international ethics: Knowing/acting differently  Security and the ethics of war  Security and the ethics of war   12 Morgenthau and the ethics of realism  13 Ethics and critical security studies  14 Tradition-based approaches to the study of the ethics of war  15 How should just war theory be revised? Reductive versus relational individualism  16 Critical approaches to the ethics of war  Ethics and institutions  Ethics and institutions  17 Historical context  18 Justice: Constitution and critique  19 The ethical terrain of international human rights: From invoking dignity to practicing recognition  20 International law and ethics  Intervention and sovereignty  Intervention and sovereignty   21 Historical thinking about human protection: Insights from Vattel  22 The global ethics of humanitarian action  23 The responsibility to protect: The evolution of a hollow norm  24 Right intent on humanitarian intervention  Vulnerability in international relations  Vulnerability in international relations  25 Transnational migration and the construction of vulnerability  26 At a crossroads: Health and vulnerability in the era of AIDS  27 Climate change, sustainable development, and vulnerability  28 Climate change and island populations  IPE and the ethics of global economy  IPE and the ethics of global economy   29 The ethics of alternative finance: Governing, resisting and rethinking the limits of finance  30 Decolonial global justice: A critique of the ethics of the global economy  31 Gender, nature and the ethics of finance in a racialized global (political) economy  32 Biofuels and the ethics of global governance: experimentalism, disagreement, politics  Religion and International Ethics  Religion and International Ethics  33 Adam Smith’s Ambiguous Theodicy and the Ethics of IPE  34 Religion, Emotions and Conflict EscalationMona Kanwal Sheikh35 Solidarity beyond religious and secular: political ontology as an ethical framework  36 Ethics from the Underside  37 Ibn Khaldun and the Wealth of Civilizations  38 The Futures of Ethics and International Relations


    Brent J. Steele is Professor and Francis D. Wormuth Presidential Chair in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah, USA.

    Eric A. Heinze is Professor in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

    "This is a comprehensive and wide-ranging collection which without neglecting traditional subjects such as Just War and Global Justice also covers more recent concerns such as post-colonialism, the emotions and environmentalism. It will be an invaluable teaching resource." - Chris Brown, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

    "Steele and Heinze have assembled an indispensable resource. Scholars, teachers, students, and general interest readers will find this to be the best one-stop reference for the field of ethics and international relations. Comprehensive in scope, rich in detail, and masterful in interpretation, the Handbook gives voice to a wide range of contributors, all of whom share their expertise with clarity and spirit." - Joel H. Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs