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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. Tesón, and Frederick G. Whelan.

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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. Tesón, and Frederick G. Whelan.

Table of Contents

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691049724
Editor:
Mapel, David R.; Nardin, Terry
Editor:
Nardin, Terry
Editor:
Mapel, David R.
Editor:
Nardin, Terry
Author:
Mapel, David R.
Author:
Nardin, Terry
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Political philosophy
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics
Series Volume:
no. 2001-127
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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. Tesón, and Frederick G. Whelan.

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