Accession Number:

ADA281823

Title:

Contact Theory and Morality in International Relations.

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

308.0

Abstract:

This dissertation seeks a grounding in contract theory for international moral rules. After a preliminary discussion of contract theory, I examine the approaches of Hobbes and Rawls, and try to extend them to include international obligations. I argue that Hobbes, and those who follow him closely, are caught in a dilemma. If the laws of nature apply between states, then states fo not provide us with adequate security and it is rational to work toward government. And this is incompatible with much of what Hobbes has to say. Otherwise, the laws of nature and hence for Hobbes, the rules of morality fo not apply between states. While this would be no embarrassment for a REALIst, it is nonetheless at odds with Hobbess explicit assertions to the contrary. Rawls approach fares far better, even though it relies on thicker normative assumptions to begin with. I reconstruct a Rawlsian justification of international morality, and defend it against criticism.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Administration and Management
  • Humanities and History
  • Government and Political Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE