Asking the Fox to Guard the Chicken Coop: In Defense of Minimalism in the Ethics of War and Peace

Journal of International Political Theory 18 (1):191-109 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Dominant normative theories of armed conflict orientate themselves around the ultimate goal of peace. Yet the deployment of these theories in the international sphere appears to have failed in advancing toward this goal. In this paper, we argue that one major reason for this failure is these theories’ use of essentially contested concepts—that is, concepts whose internally complex character results in no principled way of adjudicating between rival interpretations of them. This renders the theories susceptible to manipulation by international actors who are able to pursue bellicose policies under the cover of nominally pacific frameworks, and we show how this happened historically in a case study of the Korean War of 1950–1953. In order to better serve the goals of peace, we suggest, the rules of war should be reframed to simpler, but more restrictive, normative principles.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,122

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Restraining the fox: Minimalism in the ethics of war and peace.Lonneke Peperkamp - 2022 - Journal of International Political Theory 18 (1):110-122.
Confidence in unwarranted knowledge.David B. Martens - 2006 - Erkenntnis 65 (2):143 - 164.
Overview.[author unknown] - 2005 - In Herman Cappelen & Ernie Lepore (eds.), Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism. Malden, MA, USA: Blackwell. pp. 1-14.
The Problems of Creeping Minimalism.Farbod Akhlaghi - 2023 - Philosophy 98 (3):327-343.
Minimalism and Expressivism.Fritz McDonald - 2012 - Ethics in Progress 3:9-30.
A defense of peace as a human right.Patrick Hayden - 2002 - South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (3):147-162.
Thinking about World Peace.Alex J. Bellamy - 2020 - Ethics and International Affairs 34 (1):47-56.
Expressivist embeddings and minimalist truth.James Dreier - 1996 - Philosophical Studies 83 (1):29-51.
Expressivism, Minimalism and Moral Doctrines.Christine Tiefensee - 2010 - Dissertation, University of Cambridge

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-08-08

Downloads
9 (#1,130,089)

6 months
4 (#477,225)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Isaac Taylor
Stockholm University

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references