Human Rights, Human Needs, Human Development, Human Security

Authored by: Des Gasper

The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671015
eBook ISBN: 9781315612935
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043546

10.4324/9781315612935.ch20

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Abstract

Ethical discourses can have great influence in national and international affairs. Neta Crawford’s Argument and Change in World Politics (2002) reviews five centuries of debates over imperial conquest, slavery and the slave trade, forced labour, colonization, trusteeship and decolonization. Crawford shows how ethical discourses can gradually structure and restructure pre-analytical feelings and analytical attention and how they can interact with and influence other factors – by the range of comparisons that they make, by the categories and default cases that they introduce and defend, by the ways they reconstitute conceptions of ‘interests’ and perceptions of constraints.

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