International Intervention in a Secular Age: Re-Enchanting by Audra Mitchell

By Audra Mitchell

International intervention isn't just approximately ‘saving’ human lives: it's also an try and safe humanity’s position within the universe.

This booklet explores the Western secular ideals that underpin modern practices of intervention—most importantly, ideals approximately lifestyles, demise and the dominance of humanity. those ideals form quite a lot of practices: the concept people should still interfere whilst human lives are at stake; analyses of violence and damage; practices of intervention and peace-building; and logics of killing and letting die. mockingly, despite the fact that, the Western secular wish to make sure the meaningfulness of human existence in any respect charges contributes to methods of dehumanization, undercutting the elemental ambitions of intervention. To discover this paradox, overseas Intervention in a mundane Age engages with examples from around the globe, and attracts on interdisciplinary resources: anthropologies of secularity and IR, posthumanist political philosophy, ontology and the sociology of death.

This publication deals new perception into perennial difficulties, similar to the reluctance of intervenors to incur fatalities, and overseas inactiveness within the face of escalating violence. It additionally exposes new dilemmas, equivalent to the dehumanizing results of?quantifying casualties, Western secular logics of killing, and the appropriation of lives and deaths via peace-building procedures. it will likely be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, political philosophy, foreign ethics and social anthropology.

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