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The Ethics of Armed Humanitarian Intervention

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Don E. Scheid, Tzvetan Todorov, George R. Lucas, Jr, Fernando R. Tesón, Ned Dobos, C. A. J. Coady, Helen Frowe, James Pattison, Michael Blake, Luke Glanville, Alex J. Bellamy, Michael W. Doyle, Jennifer M. Welsh, Brian Orend, David Rodin
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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107610675

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  • The question of military intervention for humanitarian purposes is a major focus for international law, the United Nations, regional organizations such as NATO, and the foreign policies of nations. Against this background, the 2011 bombing in Libya by Western nations has occasioned renewed interest and concern about armed humanitarian intervention (AHI) and the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (RtoP). This volume brings together new essays by leading international, philosophical, and political thinkers on the moral and legal issues involved in AHI, and contains both critical and positive views of AHI. Topics include the problem of abuse and needed limitations, the future viability of RtoP and some of its problematic implications, the possibility of AHI providing space for peaceful political protest, and how AHI might be integrated with post-war justice. It is an important collection for those studying political philosophy, international relations, and humanitarian law.

    • Features discussion of armed humanitarian intervention in Libya
    • Provides a philosophical and normative approach to discussing armed humanitarian intervention
    • Offers more than a mere legal analysis of armed humanitarian intervention
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    '… a useful collection of insightful perspectives and important contributions to AHI debates.' Amanda Cawston, The Philosophical Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107610675
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Don E. Scheid
    Part I. Intervention and Debate:
    2. The responsibility to protect and the war in Libya Tzvetan Todorov
    3. Revisiting armed humanitarian intervention: a 25-year retrospective George R. Lucas, Jr
    Part II. Moral Perspectives:
    4. The moral basis of humanitarian intervention revisited Fernando R. Tesón
    5. All or nothing: are there any 'merely permissible' humanitarian interventions? Ned Dobos and C. A. J. Coady
    6. Judging armed humanitarian intervention Helen Frowe
    7. Bombing the beneficiaries: the distribution of the costs of the responsibility to protect and humanitarian intervention James Pattison
    Part III. Ideas and Reconsiderations:
    8. The costs of war: justice, liability, and the Pottery Barn rule Michael Blake
    9. Humanitarian intervention and the problem of abuse after Libya Luke Glanville
    10. The responsibility to protect and the problem of regime change Alex J. Bellamy
    11. Law, ethics, and the responsibility to protect Michael W. Doyle
    12. Responsibility to protect and the language of crimes: collective action and individual culpability Jennifer M. Welsh
    13. Post-intervention: permissions and prohibitions Brian Orend
    14. Rethinking responsibility to protect: the case for human sovereignty David Rodin.

  • Editor

    Don E. Scheid, Winona State University, Minnesota
    Don E. Scheid is Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Winona State University. He is co-editor (with Deen K. Chatterjee) of the anthology Ethics and Foreign Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2003).


    Don E. Scheid, Tzvetan Todorov, George R. Lucas, Jr, Fernando R. Tesón, Ned Dobos, C. A. J. Coady, Helen Frowe, James Pattison, Michael Blake, Luke Glanville, Alex J. Bellamy, Michael W. Doyle, Jennifer M. Welsh, Brian Orend, David Rodin

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