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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2006


"An excellent new collection of essays on American exceptionalism. . . . Michael Ignatieff . . . seeks to distinguish between US 'exemptionalism,' double standards and legal isolationism."--Quentin Peel, Financial Times



"This collection on American exceptionalism seeks to explain the seeming paradox of US governmental support for, and aversion to, global human rights. . . . This study is an important contribution to the scholarship of international humanitarian law and US foreign policy."--Choice



"[An] important collection of essays by leading scholars. . . . Together the authors wonderfully capture the complex interplay between values, law, and American power."--G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs Magazine



"Beyond providing a highly valuable and innovative study of American exceptionalism, this book makes an original contribution to scholarship and may start a long overdue conversation with conservatives about the origins of their grievances with international human rights standards."--Michael J. Boyle, International Affairs

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An excellent new collection of essays on American exceptionalism. . . . Michael Ignatieff . . . seeks to distinguish between US 'exemptionalism,' double standards and legal isolationism. (Quentin Peel Financial Times )

This collection on American exceptionalism seeks to explain the seeming paradox of US governmental support for, and aversion to, global human rights. . . . This study is an important contribution to the scholarship of international humanitarian law and US foreign policy. (Choice )

[An] important collection of essays by leading scholars. . . . Together the authors wonderfully capture the complex interplay between values, law, and American power. (G. John Ikenberry Foreign Affairs Magazine )

Beyond providing a highly valuable and innovative study of American exceptionalism, this book makes an original contribution to scholarship and may start a long overdue conversation with conservatives about the origins of their grievances with international human rights standards. (Michael J. Boyle International Affairs )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2941 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0691116482
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (10 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691116482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691116488
  • ASIN: B002WJM6IG
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HASH(0x9d95aaf8) out of 5 stars For students of the highest calibre preparing for international law 13 Jan. 2014
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This is an interesting collection of essays written by specialists in the philosophy of right that was considered timely when published - but considering how little things have changed in most respects, still is. An essential problem addressed in a variety of ways is how right can be determined. Since current discourse considers consensus to be the determinant of meaning, international discourse opens the problem of which consensus should rule. Since each nation, to a greater or lesser extent depending on its legitimacy, engages the international discourse from a culturally, and historically evolving basis, meanings change and are controversial, even in a united cultural setting. The ancient problem of might makes right (in the sense that the dominant power imposes its vision of right on others) is certainly still relevant. Essays in the book discuss the history of international conflict over the nature of rights, the paradox of rights in some absolute sense never being satisfactory even from the cultural point of view that is in power, and how that discourse of rights evolves through institutions designed to work the issues. These are all complex issues but fiercely contested today and so requiring intellectual students to understand the philosophical dilemmas with a mastery of the most contemporary skills that can be brought to bear. This book is for those students that will be preparing to enter diplomatic discourse and international law. Many of these issues are also highly relevant in the context of the European Union as it evolves from a monetary unity toward a United States like Federation of States.
I highly recommend readers be familiar with current texts such as those by The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, In the World Interior of Capital: Towards a Philosophical Theory of Globalization, German Europe, and of course The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity: Twelve Lectures (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought) to help follow these essays with better understanding.
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HASH(0xa01497b0) out of 5 stars Anti-American "scholarship" at its worst 29 May 2010
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Ignatieff's introductory essay is solid, but the rest of the contributions are only of interest if you already bemoan the ugly fact of American democracy obstructing the beautiful theories of international do-gooders. Look elsewhere for a serious treatment of this important subject.
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