Ethics, Diversity, and World Politics: Saving Pluralism From Itself?

Hardcover | May 9, 2015

byJohn Williams

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Ethics, Diversity, and World Politics argues for the importance of the diversity of human ethical systems in world politics, defending the vitality of a 'pluralist' position in debates about how to ethically assess and respond to political challenges.Rooted in the "English School" tradition of international relations theory, the book offers the first fundamental reformulation of the "traditional pluralism" that fails to offer a persuasive defence of the normative desirability of ethical diversity in human affairs, resulting in a pluralist ethicthat is statist, conservative, and unable to engage effectively with contemporary world politics. The book develops an alternative account of "revived pluralism", rooted in a defence of the normative desirability of ethical diversity that draws upon political philosophy, political theory, andsociology, to establish a far more rigorous methodological basis for a pluralist position, whilst also enabling assessment of the limits of defensible diversity.

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Ethics, Diversity, and World Politics argues for the importance of the diversity of human ethical systems in world politics, defending the vitality of a 'pluralist' position in debates about how to ethically assess and respond to political challenges.Rooted in the "English School" tradition of international relations theory, the book o...

John Williams studied at the Universities of Hull and Warwick, and was a lecturer at Aberdeen University before joining Durham University in 2001. His research has focused on English school international relations theory, especially its normative dimension, on the ethics of territorial borders, and on the ethics of violence in interna...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 9, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198733623

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Table of Contents

1. Saving Pluralism from Itself?2. Beyond Moral Scepticism, Statism, and Conservatism: Recasting Pluralist Approaches to International Society3. Re-thinking the Society of Sovereign States as Pluralist Edifice: Community, Plurality, and Globalization4. Institutions, Plurality, and Resistance5. World Politics and the Pluralism of the Future, Rather than the Past Pluralism Saved?6. Pluralism Saved?