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Humanitarian Intervention and Moral Responsibility
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8900-9148
2015 (English)In: De Ethica: A Journal of Philosophical, Theological and Applied Ethics, ISSN 2001-8819, Vol. 2, no 1, 19-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay investigates the moral aspects of humanitarian intervention. Humanitarian intervention involves the balancing of at least three sometimes contradictory principles - the autnonomy of states, the prohibition of war and the reduction of harm and human suffering - and hence requires not merely a legal and political approach to the matter but renders a moral viewpoint necessary.  It is argued that P.F. Strawson's concept Moral Reactive Attitudes (MRA) contributes to analysing the moral dilemmas and priorities involved. First, MRA underlines the moral aspects of international society that are essential for dealing with the moral conflict inherent in international society. Secondly, MRA helps to balance between competing claims of justification and legitimacy in cases of humanitarian intervention.

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2015. Vol. 2, no 1, 19-34 p.
Keyword [en]
Humanitarian Intervention, International Society, Moral Reactive Attitudes, P.F. Strawson, International Ethics, Global Ethics
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Social Sciences
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5390OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-5390DiVA: diva2:810079
Available from: 2015-05-06 Created: 2015-05-06 Last updated: 2015-09-28Bibliographically approved

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