Of the Laws of Nations

Jonathan Harrison

in Hume's Theory of Justice

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246190
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680946 | DOI:
Of the Laws of Nations

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This chapter discusses the following: (1) Atomic weapons may mean that Hume is no longer right in thinking that rules of justice are less necessary for nations than for individuals. A Humean account of the necessity of world government. (2) Actions of nations must be reduced to actions of individuals. Private injustice individually less harmful, and only collectively more harmful, than injustice between nations. Irrationality of the usual attitude to the latter. (3) The connection between the moral obligation and the natural obligation (depending upon interest) to obey the laws of nations. (4) The degrees of stringency of obligations and duties. (5) Duty and knowledge of the practice of the world.

Keywords: atomic weapons; justice; laws of nations; world government; private injustice; moral obligation; natural obligation; duties

Chapter.  6162 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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