Defending Ideals: War, Democracy, and Political Struggles / Edition 1

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What is liberalism in the post-9/11 world? What do the ideals of civilization and civility mean during the Bush administration's campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq? Is liberalism still important? Cornell examines the most important scholars of today and their approach to these questions. She contrasts Amartya Sen's capabilities approach with that of Martha Nussbaum, and examines Adorno's salvaging the idea of progress. She critiques Richard Falk's justification of the bombing of Afghanistan, which has now led to the slippery slope that Falk feared and could not defend against. Cornell also examines the ideal of civility as defined by Etienne Balibar and Thomas Nagel, with important implications for the world community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415948821
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Drucilla Cornell is Professor of Political Science, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is also a playwright and the author, most recently, of Between Women and Generations: Legacies of Dignity (2002).
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Table of Contents

Preface : why we need ideals
Ch. 1 Living and dying in Iraq : killing talk and the limits of just war 1
Ch. 2 Worlds apart : perpetual peace and infinite war 21
Ch. 3 Variegated visions of humanity : John Rawls' the law of peoples 41
Ch. 4 Developing human capabilities : freedom, universality, and civility 63
Ch. 5 Civilization, progress, and beyond 85
Ch. 6 Reconsidering nationalisms : feminism and anti-militarist ideals 99
Ch. 7 Other family stories : the ethics and politics of transnational adoption 117
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