International Ethics: A Critical Introduction

International Ethics: A Critical Introduction

By: Richard Shapcott (author)Paperback

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Is it is justifiable to make any basic moral distinction between'insiders and outsiders'? Do we have substantive duties of'justice' to all human beings or merely Humanitarian duties of aidand assistance? These are two of the most crucial questionsconfronting world politics and the field of international ethicstoday.

International Ethics: A Critical Introduction provides anengaging and accessible introduction to these foundationalquestions. In a cogent and carefully argued analysis, RichardShapcott critically examines the theories of cosmopolitanism,communitarianism, realism and pluralism and scrutinises theirapproaches to the various obligations which members of 'bounded'communities, primarily nation-states, have to 'outsiders' and'foreigners'. He then takes the theoretical approaches in contextby discussing the ethics of hospitality and membership of politicalcommunities, issues of mutual aid and humanitarianism abroad, theethics of harm related to interstate international violence, andthe challenge of severe global poverty. The book concludes bysuggesting that the terms of international ethical life in the 21stcentury require reframing in a way that focuses more intently onthe nature of harm between communities and individuals.

This book provides students and scholars with a conceptualframework with which to analyse the policies, actions andphilosophy of governments, NGOs and international corporations.Above all, it offers the means whereby individuals can assess theirown positions on contemporary ethical issues such as globalpoverty, humanitarian intervention, migration and refugees andglobal warming.

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About Author

Richard Shapcott is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Queensland.





Hospitality: Entry and Membership.

Humanitarianism and Mutual Aid.

The Ethics of Harm: Violence and Just War.

Impermissible Harms: Global Poverty and Global Justice.




Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780745631431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780745631431
  • weight: 398
  • ISBN10: 0745631436

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