Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, by Neta C. Crawford

By Neta C. Crawford

Arguments have results in global politics which are as genuine because the army forces of states or the stability of strength between them. Neta Crawford unearths how moral arguments, no longer strength politics or economics, clarify decolonization, the best swap in global politics to ensue during the last years. The e-book additionally analyzes how argument may be used to to remake modern international politics, suggesting how such arguments follow to the difficulty of humanitarian intervention.

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By Neta C. Crawford

Arguments have results in global politics which are as genuine because the army forces of states or the stability of strength between them. Neta Crawford unearths how moral arguments, no longer strength politics or economics, clarify decolonization, the best swap in global politics to ensue during the last years. The e-book additionally analyzes how argument may be used to to remake modern international politics, suggesting how such arguments follow to the difficulty of humanitarian intervention.

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Politics, even in democratic contexts, is certainly not an ideal speech situation where preexisting power and authority have been removed from the scene or equalized and only the force of the better argument convinces. Political argument occurs on a decidedly unlevel playing field of discourse between differently powerful actors. Those whose beliefs are dominant usually hold an advantage in arguments; their position has set the terms of debate, defining what will be considered at all, and within that realm, what will be considered legitimate.

275–279; Yaacov Y. I. Vertzberger, The World in Their Minds: Information Processing, Cognition, and Perception in Foreign Policy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990), pp. 296–341. Also see Khong, Analogies at War; Ernest May, “Lessons” of the Past (New York: Oxford, 1973); Richard Neustadt and Ernest May, Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers (New York: Hill and Wang, 1989). 39 Jack S. Levy, “Learning and Foreign Policy: Sweeping a Conceptual Minefield,” International Organization 48 (Spring 1994), 279–312: 282.

48 See Jonson and Toulmin, The Abuse of Casuistry. 24 Argument, belief, and culture may apply to groups or to individuals, but they are specifically about the characteristics of those individuals and what those characteristics imply in terms of actions or reactions. A simple example is the following: “civilized nations do not permit genocide” (premise 1); “we are civilized” (premise 2); “those who permit or conduct genocides are barbarians and we, the civilized should not allow this practice” (conclusion).

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