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Beyond Security, Ethics and Violence: War Against the Other 1st Edition

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Anthony Burke is Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415410886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415410885
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,231,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anthony Burke on June 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's time someone in international relations penetrated the many rationales for security that enable us to get away with murder. To Burke, security is a self-justifying system of politics that operates mainly to keep itself going. How leading philosophers, scholars, and governments bolster that system becomes clear through Burke's careful, fearless, innovative, tender, and important analysis.

--Professor Christine Sylvester, University of Lancaster, UK

In a lucid and compelling book Anthony Burke dissects the politics of security in several theories of state territory. He also addresses closely a series of recent state practices of security. In doing so, he opens the door to a post-security politics, a politics that goes beyond the construction of permanent, unspecified enemies.

--Professor William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University, USA

It is rare to find a work of political philosophy that so skilfully combines a detailed knowledge of the contemporary scenes of national and international violence with close attention to the ontological and ethical principles by which we might regard and evaluate them. This properly scathing treatment of the modern paradigm of 'security' opens the way to an urgently demanded interrogation of the terms on which the lauded freedom of the West might be pursued beyond its current blatant disregard for the life of the Other.

--Dr Fiona Jenkins, Australian National University, Australia

The volume engages many of the major figures in political and ethical thinking in a dialogue that is both informative and self-reflective. Burke refuses to duck the big questions or take sides in some of the more polarized debates about international ethics.
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