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Practice of Ethics for Global Politics : Ethical Reflexivity (Hardcover) (Jack L. Amoureux)
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What kind of ethics in world politics is possible if there is no foundation for moral knowledge or global reality is at least complex and contingent? Furthermore, how can an ethics grapple with difference, a persistent and confounding feature for global politics? This book responds to the call for a bold and creative approach to ethics that avoids assuming or aspiring to universality, and instead prioritizes difference, complexity and uncertainty by turning to reflexivity, not as method or methodology, but as a practice of ethics for politics.
This practice, ‘ethical reflexivity’, offers individuals, organizations, and communities tools to recognize, interrogate, and potentially change the stories they tell about politics—about constraints, notions of responsibility, and visions of desirability. The benefits and limits of ethical reflexivity are investigated by the author who engages writing on critique, rhetoric, affect, and relationality, and carefully considers dominant and alternative framings of difficult issues in IR—the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and the United States’ policies of ‘enhanced interrogation’ and drone strikes. This path-breaking study provokes new possibilities for agency and action and contributes to a growing literature in IR on reflexivity by uniquely elaborating its promise as an ethics for politics, and by drawing on thinkers less utilized in discussions of reflexivity such as Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Aristotle.
This book will appeal to scholars and upper-level graduates in several sub-fields of International Relations, including: International/Global Ethics, International Relations Theory, Global Governance, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Foreign Policy Analysis and U.S. Foreign Policy.
What kind of global ethics is possible if there is no foundation for moral knowledge, or, at the very least, if this global reality is complex? Furthermore, how can a practice of ethics satisfactorily deal with difference, a persistent and confounding feature of global politics for any normative or empirical theory of International Relations?
The literature in international and global ethics struggles with these questions, but turns to well-known traditions of moral thought and ethics for answers, such as pragmatism, a thinner version of cosmopolitanism, or communicative avenues toward consensus, all of which assume or aspire to some degree of universality. This book responds to the call for a bold and creative practice of ethics for global politics that still recognizes and allows difference, complexity and uncertainty, an account that is sure to elicit widespread consideration and response.
?Ethical reflexivity?is a powerful practice of international and global politics because it equips individuals and organizations with the tools to recognize, interrogate, and potentially change the stories they tell about international politics?about the constraints of politics, notions of responsibility, and visions of desirability. This book is aimed at shedding light on seemingly intractable problems associated with pressing international and global issues and on offering new possibilities for agency and action. And, by rejecting the normative/analytical bifurcation that pervades the field of IR, ?ethical reflexivity? also serves to reinvigorate theories of IR with a self-reflexivity that highlights and interrogates their normative assumptions and commitments, speaking to both theory and practice.