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Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs$
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Richard Falk, Mark Juergensmeyer, and Vesselin Popovski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199781577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781577.001.0001

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The Trans-civilizational, the Inter-civilizational, and the Human

The Trans-civilizational, the Inter-civilizational, and the Human

The Quest for the Normative in the Legitimacy Debate

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Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs

Giles Gunn

Oxford University Press

This essay argues that legitimacy functions in an arbitrary manner, generally as deference to asymmetries of power, unless it is grounded on a discernable foundation provided by the delineation of ‘the human” in a global field. It proceeds to do so by developing a contrast between the spheres of the national, international, and transnational, which are all subject to the Westphalian system’s reliance on regimes of law within and between states to adjudicate and resolve humanitarian crises, and those larger collective frames of reference like the transcivilizatonal and the intercivilizational, which offer themselves as the only viable source of authority not marked by the iron rule of self-interest. But this, in turn requires a rethinking of the relationship between the human and the neighbor.

Keywords:   human, transcivilizational, normative, legitimacy, neighbor

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