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Ethics, Diversity, and World Politics: Saving Pluralism From Itself?

John Williams


This book offers a fundamental reformulation of the ‘pluralist’ element of the English school theory of international relations. It argues that ‘traditional’ pluralism fails to offer a persuasive defence of the normative desirability of ethical diversity in human affairs, resulting in a pluralist ethic that is statist, conservative, and unable to engage effectively with contemporary world politics. The book develops an alternative account of pluralism, rooted in a defence of the normative desirability of ethical diversity that draws on political philosophy, political theory, and sociology to e ... More

Keywords: English school, ethical diversity, international society, international institutions, political community, subaltern, resistance, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Williams, author
Professor of International Relations, Durham University