1st Edition

The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations

Edited By

Patrick Hayden

ISBN 9781138376434
Published June 6, 2019 by Routledge
504 Pages

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Book Description

While skepticism about the role of moral considerations in international politics has been influential within the discipline of international relations (IR), those writing on topics such as war, peace, rights and trade up until the twentieth century took seriously the importance of ethical values and moral debates. The 1990s and 2000s have seen a substantial growth of attention to the ways in which IR conceives and analyzes themes of an ethical nature, and how issues, problems and policies involving ethics are addressed by a variety of actors within the international system. This indispensable research companion widens the perspective from 'ethics and international relations' to 'ethics in international relations', redressing the (mis)perception that ethical concepts, principles, norms and rules are not in part constitutive of the international system and the agents acting within that system. Necessarily cross-disciplinary, expertise is drawn from IR and also philosophy, political theory, religious studies, history and law, making this an ideal volume for any library reference collection.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Patrick Hayden; Part I Ethical Traditions and Normative Perspectives: The origins of realism revisited, Gabriella Slomp; Liberalism, Andrew Williams; Cosmopolitanism past and present, Patrick Hayden; Critical theory, Marxism and international ethics, Steven C. Roach; Feminist ethics in world politics, Fiona Robinson; Poststructuralism, Maja Zehfuss. Part II The Ethics of War and Peace: Just war theory and the ethics of war and peace, Brian Orend; Humanitarian intervention, Anthony F. Lang Jr; From state security to human security?, Matthew S. Weinert; Ethics and weapons of mass destruction, Steven P. Lee; Pacifism and international relations, Iain Atack. Part III The Ethics and Politics of Human Rights: Human rights universalism, Anthony J. Langlois; Genocide: ethical and normative perspectives, Adam Jones; Gender and human rights, Serena Parekh; Children's human rights and the politics of childhood, Alison M.S. Watson; Human rights democracy, Paul Voice; Transitional justice: from the local to the international, Elizabeth Stanley. Part IV Dimensions of International Justice: Poverty, inequality, and global distributive justice, Luis Cabrera; Political exclusion of refugees in the ethics of international relations, Mark N.F. Franke; Human rights, human needs, human development, human security, Des Gasper; Environmental justice: national and international dimensions, Ruchi Anand; Multinational corporations and global responsibilities, Morton Winston; Nationalism, self-determination, and secession, Omar Dahbour. Part V The Ethics of a Global Society: The ethics of global governance and global governance of ethics, James Brassett; Understanding and analysing social movements and alternative globalization, Martin Weber; Dialogue and international ethics: religion, cultural diversity, and universalism, Richard Shapcott; The transformation of political community and conceptions of global citizenship, William Smith; Index.

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Patrick Hayden is a Senior Lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK.


'Patrick Hayden is to be congratulated for producing this excellent collection of original essays which will be an invaluable resource for anyone engaging in teaching or research in the field of international ethics.' Chris Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK 'This Research Companion is an outstanding text. It moves well beyond the standard casuistic approaches that deal with specific ethical issues that arise in international relations - issues to do with human rights, humanitarian intervention, just war, national self-determination and so on. This Companion provides a series of articles that grapple with ethical issues at a more profound level. The articles demonstrate how ethical questions arise at every level of our engagement with international affairs. They demonstrate how ethical questions are to be found in the very way in which we understand ourselves as participants in world affairs. The arguments for and against rival understandings of sovereignty, liberty, war and peace, the rights of women, children, nations, the role of democracy in world affairs, and many others, are set out with remarkable clarity. Best of all, throughout the work the ethical issues that arise from the ways in which we do ethical theory are made abundantly clear. This is a text that I shall be using extensively and I shall be recommending that my students do the same.' Mervyn Frost, King's College London, UK 'For anyone wanting to get a grip on the wide range of ethical issues in international relations, this companion will provide an excellent introduction, since it covers in an accessible form ethical theory, global governance, and three pressing areas of global concern - war and peace, human rights and international justice. This is a valuable addition to the growing literature in the general area of global ethics.' Nigel Dower, University of Aberdeen, UK ’...a reference work embracing a variety of interrelated subjects, both timeless and