Vattel's Law of Nations: Diplomatic Casuistry for the Protestant Nation

Hunter, Ian (2010) Vattel's Law of Nations: Diplomatic Casuistry for the Protestant Nation. Grotiana, 31 1: 108-140. doi:10.1163/187607510X540240


Author Hunter, Ian
Title Vattel's Law of Nations: Diplomatic Casuistry for the Protestant Nation
Journal name Grotiana   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-3831
1876-0759
Publication date 2010-11
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/187607510X540240
Volume 31
Issue 1
Start page 108
End page 140
Total pages 33
Place of publication Assen, The Netherlands
Publisher Van Gorcum
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This paper argues that Vattel's Droit des gens cannot be adequately interpreted as based on a philosophical principle, whether of universal justice or of raison d'état. Rather, Vattel unfolds his law of nations within a casuistical discourse where inconsistent principles are deployed strategically. This forms an ethical space in which universal justice can be continuously adapted to the exigencies of national self-interest as interpreted by the diplomat of a Protestant republican nation.
Keyword Casuistry
Philosophy
Natural Law
Law of Nations
Vattel
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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Created: Thu, 09 Dec 2010, 16:29:07 EST by Professor Ian Hunter on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses