Article

Locating Responsibility: The Problem of Moral Agency in International Relations

Toni Erskine

in The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219322
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199219322.003.0041

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 Locating Responsibility: The Problem of Moral Agency in International Relations

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Questions of moral agency are fundamental to the study of world politics. Who — or what — can bear the related moral burdens of duty and blame for specific acts and outcomes has serious implications for practice and theory. This article begins with a discussion of where moral responsibility can reasonably be located in world politics. It then presents the implicit and consequential assumptions regarding moral agency that are held in common by a number of otherwise diverse approaches within international relations. Finally, it discusses steps that can be taken to redress the shortcomings of international relations in dealing with issues of moral responsibility. Each challenges existing theoretical assumptions in a way that promises to enhance how the field is able to understand, explain, and respond to practical problems in world politics.

Keywords: moral responsibility; international relations; world politics; moral agency; moral burden

Article.  3351 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations ; Political Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.