Does morality apply to international politics? Can one be a realist and ethical at the same time? Willard D. Keim answers these questions in Ethics, Morality, and International Affairs, arguing that the key to the paradigm of foreign relations is the recognition of the freedom of other human beings. Drawing upon Jean-Paul Sartre's two principles-being in-itself and being for-itself-Keim proposes that while morality should be pertinent to international policy, the world is imperfect, and values are not absolutes derived from nature. He develops the idea of lucidity, and in the final chapter applies his theories to the Persian Gulf War. Scholars of international politics as well as philosophers, and the general educated public, will find this book a fascinating read.
Willard D. Keim was Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Consciousness and Being Out-There Chapter 4 Is There an Ultimate Purpose? Chapter 5 Authenticity and Responsibility Chapter 6 Facticity and Bad Faith Chapter 7 Others Chapter 8 The Problem of Morality: Why Ought We To Be Moral?: Part I: Reasons for Adopting a Moral Stance Chapter 9 Part II: Alternative Ethical Views Chapter 10 The Political Situation Chapter 11 Projects and Practice Chapter 12 The Nation: Part I: A Core of Values Chapter 13 Part II: Nationalism and the Moral Community Chapter 14 Implicating Others Unawares Chapter 15 History Chapter 16 The Diplomatic Role Chapter 17 Pursuing the National Interest: Part I: Security Chapter 18 Part II: Interests Beyond Security Chapter 19 A Commentary on Iraq Chapter 20 Appendix: Notes on Free Will