Thursday, September 13, 2018

Paul Robinson — Stubborn resistance

More on just war theory and liberal interventionism. This is philosophy as critical thinking applied practically, i.e., applied philosophy. I largely agree with Robinson's analysis.

What he omits, and which I take to be crucial, is that the argument in the abstract ignores the relevance of interference to further policy, which involves the interests and policy goals of the interferer. 

This creates a conflict of interest, since it is not a disinterested action any longer but an interested one. Ignoring this in a particular case vitiates the argument by leaving out essential elements of the context in which the situation is embedded and governs the situation.

Stubborn resistance
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

Russian Observer
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