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An Ethic of Responsibility in International Relations

Daniel Warner
 
ISBN: 978-1-55587-266-3
$37.00
1991/153 pages/LC: 91-10464

"An intelligent, thoughtful engagement with central questions in international ethics."— Ethics and International Affairs

"A work of careful scholarship and synthesis that.... opens new possibilities for an ethic of responsibility in international relations tied to a concern for the dignity of others."—International Journal on World Peace

"A work of careful scholarship and synthesis that breaks the Weberian grip of asocial individualism and political realism, and opens new possibilities for an ethic of responsibility in international realtions tied to a concern for the dignity of others."—International Journal on World Peace

"A well-argued little book that critically examines some of the most ingrained traditional wisdoms inhibiting the discussion of ethics in international relations. . . . likely to become a standard work that will inform the debate over the next years."—Friedrich Kratochwil

DESCRIPTION

Questioning many of the traditional assumptions found in discussions of ethics in international relations, Daniel Warner presents an original understanding of what an "ethic of responsibility" should be. Arguing against Weber's classic definition, he examines the implications of responsibility as responsiveness on both the individual and international levels.

By beginning with actions instead of principles, and by using the methodology of legal procedure to determine responsibility, Warner introduces a new way of thinking about moral responsibility and invites reflection on the very nature of communities and states and the elusive subject matter of international relations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Warner holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. He was awarded the Marie Schappler Prize 1991 by the Societe Academique de Geneve for this book.