Sincerity in Politics and International Relations

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Sorin Baiasu, Sylvie Loriaux
Routledge, Nov 27, 2017 - Political Science - 210 pages

This edited volume examines concepts of sincerity in politics and international relations in order to discuss what we should expect of politicians, within what parameters they should work, and how their decisions and actions could be made consistent with morality.

The volume features an international cast of authors who specialize in the topic of sincerity in politics and international relations. Looking at how sincerity bears on political actions, practices, and institutions at national and international level, the introduction serves to place the chapters in the context of ongoing contemporary debates on sincerity in politics and international theory. Each chapter focuses on a contemporary issue in politics and international relations, including corruption, public hypocrisy, cynicism, trust, security, policy formulation and decision-making, political apology, public reason, political dissimulation, denial and self-deception, and will argue against the background of a Kantian view of sincerity as unconditional.

Offering a significant comprehensive outlook on the practical limits of sincerity in political affairs, this work will be of great interest to both students and scholars.


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Notes on contributors
Political deception
The role of public reasons principle of sincerity
Speaking on moralitys behalf
What can we learn about political corruption from
The political rhetoric of administrative ethics
A Kantian rhetoric of sincerity
Making sense
On doubt and otherness
Political dissimulation la Kant
Pretending peace
Governing by trust
Truthtelling and rightspeaking in European

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About the author (2017)

Sorin Baiasu is Professor of Philosophy at Keele University, UK. Apart from articles and chapters, he authored Kant and Sartre: Re-discovering Critical Ethics (2011), and edited and co-edited several collections.

Sylvie Loriaux is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Laval University, Canada. She contributed articles to various journals, including Moral Philosophy and Politics and the European Journal of Political Theory.