Duties to Strangers and Enemies in a World of Dislocated Communities
By (author) Toni Erskine
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Embedded Cosmopolitanism by Toni Erskine
Book DescriptionIn this innovative book, Toni Erskine offers a challenging and original normative approach to some of the most pressing practical concerns in world politics - including the contested nature of the prohibitions against torture and the targeting of civilians in the 'war on terror'. Erskine's vision of 'embedded cosmopolitanism' responds to the charge that conventional cosmopolitan arguments neglect the profound importance of community and culture, particularity and passion. Bringing together insights from communitarian and feminist political thought, she defends the idea that community membership is morally constitutive - while arguing that the communities that define us are not necessarily territorially bounded and that a moral perspective situated in them need not be parochial. Erskine employs this framework to explore some of the difficult moral dilemmas thrown up by contemporary warfare. Can universal principles of restraint demanded by conventional laws of war be robustly defended from a position that also acknowledges the moral force of particular ties and loyalties? By highlighting the links that exist even between warring communities, she offers new reasons for giving a positive response - reasons that reconcile claims to local attachments and global obligations. Embedded Cosmopolitanism provides a powerful account of where we stand in relation to 'strangers' and 'enemies' in a diverse and divided world; and provides a new theoretical framework for addressing the relationship between our moral starting point and the scope of our duties to others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780197264379
(240mm x 162mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Toni Erskine
International Relations Theory Today, Paperback (June 2016)
International Relations (IR) theorists speak with conviction, and often passion, to the global condition of human society. The result is an important, dynamic and often deeply divided field.
Tragedy and International Relations, Hardback (March 2012)
Nowhere are clashes between competing ethical perspectives more prevalent than in the realm of International Relations. Thus, understanding tragedy is directly relevant to understanding IR. This volume explores the various ways that tragedy can be used as a lens through which international relations might be brought into clearer focus.
Can Institutions Have Responsibilities?, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Toni Erskine
Can institutions bear moral responsibilities and be ascribed blame in a way that is not reducible to their constitutive members? Focusing on such topics as Kosovo and Rwanda, this book examines the position of the UN, NATO and other organisations.
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Author Biography - Toni Erskine
Toni Erskine is Professor of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK
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