International Society: Diverse Ethical Perspectives (Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics)

International Society: Diverse Ethical Perspectives (Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics)

By: Terry Nardin (editor), David R. Mapel (editor)Paperback

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In a time of eroding sovereignty and resurgent nationalism, this collection provides a searching investigation of the moral foundations of the international order. Drawing on diverse philosophical and theological perspectives, the contributors debate the character of international society, the authority of international law and institutions, and the demands of international justice. In a series of philosophical essays, each followed by a critical commentary, the book considers the contributions of legal positivism, natural law, Kantian ethics, contractarian theory, and moral cosmopolitanism to the discussion of law and justice in international society. It also includes commentaries by experts in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic moral theology, and a concluding chapter that compares and contrasts the views presented without seeking to adjudicate their differences. Because of its comprehensive approach and the diversity of its viewpoints, the volume serves as an introduction to the topic and as a resource for scholars, journalists, policy makers, and anyone else who wants to understand better the range of moral perspectives that underlies discussion of the current international order. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Brian Barry, Chris Brown, John Charvet, Richard Friedman, Robert P. George, Sohail Hashmi, Pierre Laberge, David Miller, David Novak, Max L. Stackhouse, Fernando R. Teson, and Frederick G. Whelan.

About Author

David R. Mapel, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the author of Social Justice Reconsidered. Terry Nardin, Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the author of Law, Morality, and the Relations of States (Princeton) and editor of The Ethics of War and Peace: Religious and Secular Perspectives (Princeton). Together they are the coeditors of Traditions in International Ethics.


PREFACE vii CONTRIBUTORS ix INTRODUCTION David R. Mapel and Terry Nardin 3 PART ONE: PHILOSOPHICAL INTERPRETATIONS 15 CHAPTER 1 Legal Positivism as a Theory of International Society Terry Nardin 17 CHAPTER 2 Legal Positivism and International Society Frederick G. Whelan 36 CHAPTER 3 Natural Law and International Order Robert P. George 54 CHAPTER 4 Some Thoughts on Natural Law and International Order Richard B. Friedman 70 CHAPTER 5 Kant on Justice and the Law of Nations Pierre Laberge 82 CHAPTER 6 Kantian International Liberalism Fernando R. Teson 103 CHAPTER 7 International Society from a Contractarian Perspective John Charvet 114 CHAPTER 8 Contractarian Thought and the Constitution of International Society Chris Brown 132 CHAPTER 9 International Society from a Cosmopolitan Perspective Brian Barry 144 CHAPTER 1O The Limits of Cosmopolitan Justice David Miller 164 PART TWO: THEOLOGICAL COMMENTARIES 183 CHAPTER 11 Jewish Theology and International Society David Novak 185 CHAPTER 12 Christianity and the Prospects for a New Global Order Max L. Stackhouse 201 CHAPTER 13 Islamic Ethics in International Society Sohail H. Hashmi 215 PART THREE: COMPARATIVE OVERVIEW 237 CHAPTER 14 Justice, Diversity, and Law in International Society David R. Mapel 239 INDEX 259

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  • ISBN13: 9780691049724
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780691049724
  • weight: 369
  • ISBN10: 0691049726
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English

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