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The Shortcomings in John Rawls's ´The Law of Peoples´: An Evaluation of the Theory based on the Syrian Civil War
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay presents and discusses John Rawls’s ‘The Law of Peoples’ and it’s ability to be used in practice. The theory’s ability to judge right and wrongful actions in liberal intervention is tested when applied to the current conflict in Syria, and is used to evaluate the actions made by the liberal state France, during its involvement in the crisis.

The essay will discuss shortcomings in the theory, and possible solutions to these and will also come to discuss central ideas in the theory and the liberal ism. Other writers such as Michael Doyle and Simon Caney are discussed and presented more briefly.

The essay will argue that the theory in The Law of Peoples is not sufficient to alone evaluate the conflict it is applied upon, and therefore not comprehensive enough to be used in practice without adjustments.

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2016. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
Political philosophy, John Rawls, The Law of Peoples, Syria, Civil War, Liberalism, Intervention, Liberal Intervention, International Relations
Keyword [sv]
Politisk filosofi, Syrien, Inbördeskrig, Internationella relationer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122635OAI: diva2:940005
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Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20

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