Book cover - Messy Morality: The Challenge of Politics - Author Ethics & International Affairs

Messy Morality: The Challenge of Politics

Author Ethics & International Affairs

  • Release Date: 2009-12-22
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events

Messy Morality: The Challenge of Politics Summary


Messy Morality: The Challenge of Politics - Messy Morality: The Challenge of Politics, C. A. J. Coady (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 160 pp., $30 cloth. Messy Morality is, first and foremost, a philosopher's attempt at discussion with the proponents of political realism--the latter being a dominant thesis among specialists in international relations. The simplest and most radical version of political realism consists in denying the pertinence of moral discourse to political action and its analysis. Coady clearly positions himself in opposition to this thesis, even if he does not spend a long time refuting it. What counts for him is not throwing the baby out with the bathwater by dismissing the realist position altogether. If the realists are wrong to think that politics is independent of morality, their critique is nonetheless valid if its goal is to expose the challenges of and caution against the fallouts of applying morality to politics.

keyboard_arrow_up