Pragmatic solidarism and the dilemmas of humanitarian intervention

Bellamy, A. J. (2002) Pragmatic solidarism and the dilemmas of humanitarian intervention. Millennium-journal of International Studies, 31 3: 473-497. doi:10.1177/03058298020310030601

Author Bellamy, A. J.
Title Pragmatic solidarism and the dilemmas of humanitarian intervention
Journal name Millennium-journal of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-8298
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/03058298020310030601
Open Access Status
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 473
End page 497
Total pages 26
Editor Harry Bauer
Elisabetta Brighi
Place of publication London
Publisher Millennium publishing group
Language eng
Subject C1
360105 International Relations
780106 Political science and public policy
Abstract The theory and practice of humanitarian intervention in the 1990s has produced a series of seemingly intractable dilemmas. Why do states act in some cases and not others? How are we to evaluate the legitimacy of particular acts? This article introduces a new perspective on these questions informed by a combination of pragmatism and solidarism. It argues that although the search for criteria that may be used to judge the legitimacy and efficacy of humanitarian intervention may be a futile one, it is possible to think about a politics of legitimate humanitarian intervention. Such a politics may be based on three key insights drawn from pragmatism: the dialogic construction of moral knowledge, the fallibility of knowledge, and the priority of democracy over philosophy. The article discusses how such a pragmatic solidarism may be used to interrogate the quest for legitimising criteria and to build a new politics of humanitarian intervention.
Keyword International Relations
International Relations
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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