Reason, statecraft and the art of war: a politique reassessment

Jones, David Martin (2014) Reason, statecraft and the art of war: a politique reassessment. Global Discourse, . doi:10.1080/23269995.2014.962351

Author Jones, David Martin
Title Reason, statecraft and the art of war: a politique reassessment
Journal name Global Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2326-9995
Publication date 2014-09-26
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/23269995.2014.962351
Open Access Status
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Recent events in world politics, from the implosion of Syria and the Ukraine to China’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China Seas, have exposed the limitations of the dominant idealist and normativist paradigms in the study of international relations. In a world that is more Metternich than Rawls, it is necessary once again to examine statecraft from a realist perspective and to focus on the reasons of state that have informed its practice since the sixteenth century. Attention, here, is also focused on the rhetoric that informed political counsel and how a form of prudential reasoning shaped the art of diplomacy. In this context, casuistry, which involved applying principles of case law in particular circumstances, offered a mode of practical reasoning very different from contemporary normative approaches whose rhetoric seems increasingly divorced from the real practice of power and interest. Casuistry can be seen, as Stephen Toulmin has argued, as a form of situational or practical ethics. Casuistry, prudence and a particularist ethical practice might offer a more illuminating way of interpreting our increasingly complicated, interconnected but by no means integrated world.
Keyword Rationalism
Reason of state
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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