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.
Table of Contents
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.