The Situation Ethics of Independent Statecraft

Robert Jackson

in The Global Covenant

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199262014
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601033 | DOI:
 The Situation Ethics of Independent Statecraft

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This chapter presents a classical approach to the subject that analyses the following topics: international ethics as a special ethical sphere, the distinction between standards and circumstances, the relationship of power and responsibility, and the political virtues that statespeople must possess. It rejects the beliefs that foreign policy and other international activities of statespeople are devoid of normative direction or content, and that the conduct of statespeople can be judged by applying theories of moral philosophers. It argues that academics can only judge statespeople by their standards.

Keywords: states; statespeople; international ethics

Chapter.  12868 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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