The Step Back: Ethics And Politics After Deconstruction (S U by David Wood

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But these physical conditions are not, in principle, capable of being made party to an agreement. Whereas those that involve human beliefs and practices can be. There are many ways in which agreements that resolve (or prevent) conflict can fail. They may be based on assumptions that seemed reasonable at the time but which turn out to be false, or on background conditions that were not even considered but turn out to be decisive. War between nations over water rights may be averted by agreements that fail to anticipate substantial reductions in total water flow.

Arms dealers, terrorist gangs) who have an interest in the perpetuation or renewal of conflict. 6 Obviously, the implication of all this is that violent conflict is most likely where the interests at stake are least negotiable. So what makes interests nonnegotiable? It is easy to identify negotiability with calculation, and in the world of insurance companies and legal compensation, with money. 7 The attempts to translate quality into quantity (estimating the cash value of a slur on someone’s reputation) are often ludicrous.

Amartya Sen, for example (see his Reason before Identity, Oxford University Press, 1999), reaffirms the Rawlsian position that a universal sense of justice trumps a slavish respect for local moralities. ” It is tempting to think we need to choose between a liberal and a communitarian position here, or else to attempt some general synthesis of the two. It may be more productive, however, to recognize that one of the common (but not unprecedented or universal) consequences of globalization (see chapter 10) is the dislocation of populations, as well as destabilizing cultural invasions of populations more geographically static.

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