Summer 2014 (Issue 28.2)

| June 12, 2014


This issue features essays by Roger Berkowitz on “Drones and the Question of ‘The Human’” and Alan Sussman on the philosophical foundations of human rights; a special centennial roundtable on “The Future of Human Rights” featuring Beth A. Simmons, Philip Alston, James W. Nickel, Jack Donnelly, and Andrew Gilmour; a review essay by Jens Bartelson on empire and sovereignty; and book reviews by Dale Jamieson, Tom Bailey, and Simon Cotton.

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Are “Coalitions of the Willing” Moral Agents?

| August 19, 2014

We should agree with Erskine that group decision-making procedures are crucial to group agency, but need to be more permissive than she is about how “formal” these procedures need to be.

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Yazidis, Airstrikes and the Ethics of Limited Action

| August 13, 2014

More Yazidis may survive than if the U.S. had done nothing at all, but beyond airstrikes, the U.S. does not appear prepared to take steps to help them regain their homes, or to push for the return of Iraqi Christians also displaced from their traditional homes.

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Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy by Aaron James

| June 12, 2014

This book brings political economy, international relations, and development economics into conversation with moral philosophy, making a critical contribution to the ethics of globalization.

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Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency by Lea Ypi

| June 12, 2014

In this book, Ypi proposes that theory begin with a specific political conflict, diagnose the failure of existing practices and norms to resolve it, and, in this light, develop better practices and norms.

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The Contemporary Relevance of Buddha

| March 20, 2014

There is a basic humanity in the story of Buddha’s life that is easy to access and absorb in our own lives.

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Secrecy and Privacy in the Aftermath of Edward Snowden

| February 6, 2014

In order to be morally justifiable, any strategy or policy involving the body politic must be one to which it would voluntarily assent when fully informed about it.

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Eliminating Extreme Inequality: A Sustainable Development Goal, 2015–2030

Sustainable development cannot be achieved while ignoring extreme disparities. It is imperative that the post-MDG agenda focus on inequality.

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