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    Humanity, military humanism, and the new moral order

    Douzinas, Costas (2003) Humanity, military humanism, and the new moral order. Economy and Society 32 (2), pp. 159-183. ISSN 0308-5147.

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    The post-WWII period has been characterized by an endless process of international humanitarian law-making, aimed at protecting people from their governments. After the collapse of communism, human rights have allegedly transcended their Eurocentrism and have become the first truly universal moral justification for the use of force. This essay explores the meaning and scope of humanity and questions the range of normative resources mobilized in its name. In view of these doubts, it argues that the recent combination of humanism and military force is the outward sign of an emerging moral world order, which is criticized from a number of pragmatic, principled and realist perspectives.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): human rights, humanity, military humanism, communitarianism, universalism, jus publicum europeum, Kosovo, new world order
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 10:30
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:46


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