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Emergencies and Politics: A Sober Hobbesian Approach
     

Emergencies and Politics: A Sober Hobbesian Approach

by Tom Sorell
 

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In this book Tom Sorell argues that emergencies can justify types of action that would normally be regarded as wrong. Beginning with the ethics of emergencies facing individuals, he explores the range of effective and legitimate private emergency response and its relation to public institutions, such as national governments. He develops a theory of the response of

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In this book Tom Sorell argues that emergencies can justify types of action that would normally be regarded as wrong. Beginning with the ethics of emergencies facing individuals, he explores the range of effective and legitimate private emergency response and its relation to public institutions, such as national governments. He develops a theory of the response of governments to public emergencies which indicates the possibility of a democratic politics that is liberal but that takes seriously threats to life and limb from public disorder, crime or terrorism. Informed by Hobbes, Schmitt and Walzer, but substantially different from them, the book widens the justification for recourse to normally forbidden measures, without resorting to illiberal politics. This book will interest students of politics, philosophy, international relations and law.

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"This is an outstanding book on an undertreated and important topic. With careful and engaging arguments, Sorell develops a "sober" Hobbesianism that supports a liberal Leviathan and a "thin"' conception of security for international politics, enabling it to speak to some of the most pressing real-world emergencies we presently face. This is Hobbesian political thinking at its best." - Catriona McKinnon, Director of Research, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading

"Although emergency situations are prevalent in public life, surprisingly little attention has been paid to them in contemporary political philosophy. Emergencies and Politics is a timely and praiseworthy attempt to fill this gap, and is sure to become the standard reference in the field. Sorell convincingly shows that the violation of moral precepts in times of emergency does not create a "black hole" in which everything is permitted, but is anchored in conventional morality." - Daniel Statman, Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107044319
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2013
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Sorell is Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Warwick University. From 2008 to 2012, he led the European Union FP7 Security project DETECTER (on the ethics and human rights issues surrounding the use of detection technologies in counter-terrorism) and is now leader of several Work Packages in the current SURVEILLE project (2012-15). He is Principal Investigator of the major AHRC project, 'Responsibilities, Ethics and the Financial Crisis' (FinCris), running from 2012 to 2015, and also contributes to the FP7 IT project ACCOMPANY, on robotics and care companions. He has published monographs in history of philosophy, especially on Hobbes and Descartes; moral and political philosophy; epistemology and philosophy of science; as well as several distinct areas of applied ethics.

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