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The Limits of Ethics in International Relations
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The Limits of Ethics in International Relations: Natural Law, Natural Rights, and Human Rights in Transition

David Boucher

Abstract

Ethical constraints on relations among individuals within and between societies have always reflected or invoked a higher authority than the caprices of human will. For over two thousand years Natural Law and Natural Rights were the constellations of ideas and presuppositions that fulfilled this role in the west, and exhibited far greater similarities than most commentators want to admit. Such ideas were the lens through which Europeans evaluated the rest of the world. In this book the author rejects the view that Natural Rights constituted a secularization of Natural Law ideas by showing that ... More

Keywords: Natural Law, Natural Rights, religious foundationalism, Christian metaphysics, Human Rights, special rights, multicultural encounters, slavery, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203529
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203529.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Boucher, author
Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations, Cardiff University

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