From an Order of Fear to One of Respect

Anthony Carty

in Philosophy of International Law

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748622559
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652525 | DOI:
From an Order of Fear to One of Respect

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This chapter is an optimistic review of possible philosophical overcomings of the Western liberal tradition, through Paul Ricoeur's phenomenological, humanist response to Hobbes and Hegel, from an order of fear to one of respect. Phenomenological analysis takes one through the cultural imperialism that Steiner can trace by means of his theories of translation. These techniques of minute analysis can be applied through the theory of ‘the Other’ developed in the Orientalism debate onto a deconstruction of all fundamentalist discourses through a phenomenological philosophy of tact and distance, a true pluralism that can ground a genuinely liberal world society. All of this can and has to be applied to conflicts characterised as easily discernible phenomena of broken, immature relationships. For Ricoeur, the final foundation for any legal order rests in the maturity of persons and communities in relation.

Keywords: Western liberal tradition; Paul Ricoeur; Hobbes; Hegel; humanist response

Chapter.  11092 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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