Concerned with the issue of cultural diversity and international morality, Shapcott asks whether cultural diversity presents an obstacle to the development of ethical codes which could acceptable to cultures around the world.
Shapcott investigates the question of justice in a culturally diverse world, asking if it is possible to conceive of a universal or cosmopolitan community in which justice to difference is achieved. Justice to difference is possible, according to Shapcott, by recognising the particular manner in which different humans identify themselves. Such recognition is most successfully accomplished through acts of communication, and in particular, conversation. The accounts of understanding developed by H. G. Gadamer provide a valuable way forward in this field. The philosophical hermeneutic account of conversation allows for the development of a level of cosmopolitan solidarity that is both 'thin' and universal, and which helps to provide a more just resolution of the tension between the values of community and difference. Students and scholars of international relations, international ethics and philosophy will be interested in this original study.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 (29)
Beyond the cosmopolitan/communitarian divide 30 (23)
Community and communication in interpretive 53 (42)
theories of international relations
Emancipation and legislation: the boundaries 95 (35)
of conversation in poststructuralism and the
critical theory of IR
Philosophical hermeneutics: understanding, 130 (50)
practical reasoning and human solidarity
Philosophical hermeneutics and its critics 180 (29)
Towards a thin cosmopolitanism 209 (24)
Conclusion 233 (6)
Bibliography 239 (9)