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Justice, the State and International Relations: Three Theories

Leo McCarthyformerly Lecturer in Politics, University of Edinburgh

ISBN13: 9780333716687
ISBN: 033371668X
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £116.00 - Unavailable at Publisher

This text offers a review of historical traditions of international ethical and political theory in the light of modern developments in political philosophy. McCarthy provides a defence of natural law tradition, and in response to the criticism of natural law that, along with Kantianism, it is too abstract to produce a substantive account of justice and rights, constructs an argument for basic, agency-grounded rights. Through his study, the author attacks ""realism"" and the modern ""cosmopolitan"" theories that have been too little debated.

Acknowledgements - Introduction - The Meaning of Justice in International Relations - Political Realism and the Primacy of the State - The Cosmopolitan Theory of International Justice - Justice in a Society of States - Human Rights, the State and Global Justice - Conclusion - Notes - Bibliography - Index