Justice, the State and International Relations

  • Authors
  • Leo┬áMcCarthy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Leo McCarthy
    Pages 1-3
  3. Leo McCarthy
    Pages 4-41
  4. Leo McCarthy
    Pages 132-179
  5. Leo McCarthy
    Pages 180-241
  6. Leo McCarthy
    Pages 242-243
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 244-277

About this book


Justice, the State and International Relations offers a review of historical traditions of international ethical and political theory in the light of modern developments in political philosophy. McCarthy provides a defence of natural law tradition, and, in response to the criticism of natural law that, along with Kantianism, it is too abstract to produce a substantive account of justice and rights, constructs an argument for basic, agency-grounded rights. Through his study, the author attacks `realism' and the modern `cosmopolitan' theories that until now have been too little debated.


ethics human rights international relations law philosophy political philosophy political theory realism

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