The contemporary democratic humanitarian is a staunch proponent of "international law" and "international justice" as a way for the Western world to do penance for its missionary, colonial, and imperial past. However, argues the French philosopher Chantal Delsol, this purportedly humanitarian project is deeply flawed in its premises, means, and ends. In Unjust Justice, Delsol shows that as the favorite weapons in today’s "progressive" arsenal, the ideals and institutions of international law reflect the very moralistic dogmatism and inquisitorial spirit that the Enlightenment originally sought to replace.
Older liberals, such as Montesquieu and Kant, were aware of the tyrannical potential of Enlightenment thought. Montesquieu therefore mounted a sturdy defense of human cultural and political diversity, and Kant distinguished sharply between the moral and the legal order. Contemporary progressives, on the other hand, betray a naïve and moralistic glibness. Delsol deflates their pretensions, unmasks their hypocrisies, and exposes the logic of their tyrannical methods. In so doing, she defends those real human and political values that are threatened by the contemporary zeal for international law.
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"French political philosopher Chantal Delsol postulates that the desire to impose one person's version of justice across the board as a response to various crimes against humanity that have occurred - and that might still occur - is as potentially dangerous as the original crime. In clear and concise language, she develops her argument through references to social political philosophies of the past millennium, and an examination of the past hundred years of history...While Unjust Justice is not an easy read, it is thankfully free of the usual academic jargon that clutters up many philosophical texts. Ideas are examined in depth but never beaten to death, so we are given sufficient proof in support of Ms. Delsol's theories to make them plausible without ever feeling like she's belaboured the point. Kudos must also be given to the translator of the text, Paul Seaton, for ensuring that the clarity of the original text is maintained for its new readership. It's not often that you find ideas of this quality, let alone this important, presented in a manner this accessible. If you care about the nature of justice you really should read this book. At the very least it will make you think, and hopefully it might also get you questioning some of the easy answers other people try to pass off as ideas."
"Knowledge is power, and power can be used for tyranny. Unjust Justice: Against the Tyranny of International Law looks at the growing flaws in international law. Aiming at pretension, hypocrisy, and other notorious things so-called progressive minds have manipulated international law for in the name of peace, Delsol pulls no punches in being honest and frank about the misdeeds of those in charge. Unjust Justice should be required reading for anyone studying international law."
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