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1st Edition

Sincerity in Politics and International Relations

ISBN 9781032096957
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume examines concepts of sincerity in politics and international relations in order to discuss what we should expect of politicians, within what parameters they should work, and how their decisions and actions could be made consistent with morality.

The volume features an international cast of authors who specialize in the topic of sincerity in politics and international relations. Looking at how sincerity bears on political actions, practices, and institutions at national and international level, the introduction serves to place the chapters in the context of ongoing contemporary debates on sincerity in politics and international theory.  Each chapter focuses on a contemporary issue in politics and international relations, including corruption, public hypocrisy, cynicism, trust, security, policy formulation and decision-making, political apology, public reason, political dissimulation, denial and self-deception, and will argue against the background of a Kantian view of sincerity as unconditional.

Offering a significant comprehensive outlook on the practical limits of sincerity in political affairs, this work will be of great interest to both students and scholars.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Publicity

1. Political Deception: Lowering the Bar

- Glen Newey

2. The Role of Public Reason's Principle of Sincerity

- Enrico Zoffoli

3. Speaking on Morality's Behalf: When One Should Be Silent and Why

- Mark Evans

4. What Can We Learn About Political Corruption From Kant's Conceptions of Honesty, Publicity and Truthfulness?

- Doron Navot

Part 2: Rhetoric

5. The Political Rhetoric of Administrative Ethics: Obama VS. the Cynics

- Anders Berg-Sorensen

6. A Kantian Rhetoric of Sincerity: Politics, Truth and Truthfulness

- Pamela Sue Anderson

7. Making Sense: The Possibility of Truthfulness In Politics

- Esther Abin

8.  On Doubt and Otherness: Deconstructing Power and Dissent

- Simone Cheli

Part 3: Institutions

9. Political Dissimulation a la Kant: Two Limits of the Sincerity Requirement

- Sorin Baiasu

10. Pretending Peace: Provisional Political Trust and Sinceriy in Kant and Amery

- Marguerite La Caze

11. Governing by Trust: Sincerity as a Procedural Fairness Norm

- Zsolt Boda

12. Truth-Telling and Right-Speaking in European Integration Politics: From Theory to Practice and Back

- Catherine Guisan

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Sorin Baiasu is Professor of Philosophy at Keele University, UK. Apart from articles and chapters, he authored Kant and Sartre: Re-discovering Critical Ethics (2011), and edited and co-edited several collections.

Sylvie Loriaux is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Laval University, Canada. She contributed articles to various journals, including Moral Philosophy and Politics and the European Journal of Political Theory.