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Title:
Practical judgement in international political theory selected essays
Author:
Brown, Chris, 1945-
ISBN:
9780203857496
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
Physical Description:
x, 313 p.
Contents:
1. Introduction : a life in theory -- 2. The modern 'requirement'? : reflections on normative theory in a post-Western world -- 3. Ethics of co-existence : the international theory of Terry Nardin -- 4. International theory and international society : the viability of the middle way -- 5. Universal human rights : a critique -- 6. Towards a neo-Aristotelian resolution of the cosmopolitan-communitarian debate -- 7. Cultural diversity and international political theory : from the 'requirement' to mutual respect? -- 8. The construction of a 'realistic utopia' : John Rawls and international political theory -- 9. Not my department? : normative theory and international relations -- 10. Hegel and international ethics -- 11. 'Turtles all the way down' : anti-foundationalism, critical theory and international relations -- 12. Liberalism and the globalization of ethics -- 13. Tragedy, 'tragic choices' and contemporary international political theory -- 14. Cosmopolitanism, world citizenship and global civil society -- 15. On morality, self-interest and the ethical dimension of foreign policy -- 16. Selective humanitarianism : in defense of inconsistency -- 17. Practical judgement and the ethics of preemption -- 18. Bob Dylan, Live Aid, and the politics of popular cosmopolitanism.
Abstract:
Chris Brown has been one of the most influential figures within international relations scholarship in the UK and has made contributions to debates on pluralism, rights, justice and human rights within the field of international political theory. This book collects together many of his most important influential articles.
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Chris Brown is a prominent international political theorist who has contributed to debates on pluralism, justice and human rights. This book draws together seventeen of his most important and influential articles from the last twenty years.

These essays include influential statements on the role of normative theory and international ethics, the so-called 'cosmopolitan-communitarian debate' and anti-foundationalist thought in international relations, as well as important contributions to Rawlsian and Post-Rawlsian theories of international and global justice. The most recent papers address subjects such as the notion of global civil society, and controversies over the ethics of pre-emptive warfare, and the inevitably selective nature of humanitarian interventions.

The book includes a framing introduction written for this volume, in which Brown discusses his own influences, and the evolution of his thinking throughout his career. Although this evolution has involved a progressively less critical viewpoint towards liberal thought and liberal internationalism, and a greater commitment to universal values, some things have remained constant - in particular a focus on the importance of political judgement and scepticism directed towards the idea that there are simple solutions to complex problems. The collection ends fittingly with a critique of the popular cosmopolitanism of figures such as Bono and Bob Geldof.

This collection will be essential reading for all scholars and graduates with an interest in international political theory.