Moral Evil and International Relations

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Title Moral Evil and International Relations
Author Rengger, Nicholas; Jeffery, Renee
Journal Name SAIS Review
Editor Maia Linask
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Baltimore
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Abstract This essay seeks to situate and contextualize contemporary debates about evil in international relations by placing them in their historical, theological and philosophical contexts. It emphasizes the sense that evil can and has been divided into moral and non-moral evils (such as natural evils) and argues that in international relations, and indeed politics in general, the central concern has always been with moral evil. It traces the emergence of three central ways of approaching the concept of evil: the Augustinian emphasis on evil as an absence not a presence; the Kantian conception of radical evil; and Hannah Arendt's notion of the "banality" of evil and looks at how each is manifested in contemporary discussions of evil in world politics. It also offers some thoughts on how we might think about responding to evil in world politics.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 25
Issue Number 1
Page from 3
Page to 16
ISSN 0036-0775
Date Accessioned 2009-03-09
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-International Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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