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Challenges for Humanitarian InterventionEthical Demand and Political Reality$
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C. A. J. Coady, Ned Dobos, and Sagar Sanyal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812852.001.0001

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Closing the R2P Chapter

Closing the R2P Chapter

Opening a Dissident Current within Philosophy of War

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(p.200) 10 Closing the R2P Chapter
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Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention
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Sagar Sanyal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812852.003.0011

Sagar Sanyal implores us to look beyond the analytical just war tradition in our thinking about humanitarian intervention. The standards and assumptions built into this approach are its trappings: they necessarily limit our appreciation of what is at stake, morally and politically. What is more, if we persist in this approach Sanyal fears that philosophers of war and military ethicists will become ‘decreasingly relevant to political reality’. To avoid this fate, Sanyal argues, Marxist concepts and precepts must be taken more seriously in our appraisal of war and conflict. If we start with a Marxist understanding of states and the wars they wage—as rooted in economic competition and driven by imperialist ambitions—we will be in a better position to confront the problems of the real world.

Keywords:   Marxism, economic competition, just war theory, imperialism, humanitarian intervention

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