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Defending Ideals : War, Democracy, and Political Struggles - Drucilla Cornell

Defending Ideals

War, Democracy, and Political Struggles

Paperback Published: 14th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415948838
Number Of Pages: 170

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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.

Preface: Why We Need Idealsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Living and Dying in Iraq: Killing Talk and the Limits of Just Warp. 1
Worlds Apart: Perpetual Peace and Infinite Warp. 21
Variegated Visions of Humanity: John Rawls' "The Law of Peoples"p. 41
Developing Human Capabilities: Freedom, Universality, and Civilityp. 63
Civilization, Progress, and Beyondp. 85
Reconsidering Nationalisms: Feminism and Anti-Militarist Idealsp. 99
Other Family Stories: the Ethics and Politics of Transnational Adoptionp. 117
Referencesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780415948838
ISBN-10: 0415948835
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 14th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1