Chris Brown’s Liberal Conservatism, the Process of Moral Learning and Global Institutional Transformations

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Patomäki , H O 2018 , Chris Brown’s Liberal Conservatism, the Process of Moral Learning and Global Institutional Transformations . in M Albert & A Lang (eds) , The Politics of International Political Theory : Reflections on the Works of Chris Brown . Palgrave , Basingstoke , pp. 219-240 . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93278-1

Title: Chris Brown’s Liberal Conservatism, the Process of Moral Learning and Global Institutional Transformations
Author: Patomäki, Heikki Olavi
Editor: Albert, Mathias; Lang, Anthony
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Publisher: Palgrave
Date: 2018-09-15
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: The Politics of International Political Theory Reflections on the Works of Chris Brown
ISBN: 978-3-319-93277-4
978-3-319-93278-1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/318311
Abstract: In the normative theory of International Relations, the major debate has been between the state-centric view and cosmopolitanism. A quarter of century ago I attempted to deconstruct one round of this debate – between Chris Brown and Mark Hoffman – by showing that the debate is both utopian and has an other-negating character. With the help of epistemological discussions and an analysis of two “case studies”, I built a case for a contextualist and dialogical morality, grounded on the concept of judgement. Interestingly, Brown’s 2010 collection of essays is entitled Practical Judgement in International Political Theory. In this paper I first explore whether similar or analogical deconstruction would anymore be possible. Second, I discuss Brown’s ideas about global civil society, democracy and justice, particularly in light of world-historical developments since the early 1990s and in relation to the development of my own thinking on the topic. While Brown has tried to overcome the dichotomy between the state-centric view and cosmopolitanism, I examine whether the idea of universal ethico-political learning and its cosmopolitan implications might explain the divergence in our practical judgements. I conclude by arguing any area of activities in international relations and world society, from property and contract to nuclear safety and global warming, can be subject to normative debates and potentially democratic politics. Good normative arguments often involve designs for better institutions, but they must be realizable by virtue of being connected to real causal processes.
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