Eyal Weizman – The Least of All Possible Evils

Out soon Now out with Verso:

The principle of the “lesser evil”—the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice—has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah Arendt’s exploration of the work of the Jewish Councils during the Nazi regime, Weizman explores its development in three key transformations of the problem: the defining intervention of Médecins Sans Frontières in mid-1980s Ethiopia; the separation wall in Israel-Palestine; and international and human rights law in Bosnia, Gaza and Iraq. Drawing on a wealth of new research, Weizman charts the latest manifestation of this age-old idea. In doing so he shows how military and political intervention acquired a new “humanitarian”acceptability and legality in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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4 Responses to Eyal Weizman – The Least of All Possible Evils

  1. alexanpv says:

    I think it is already out

  2. Chathan says:

    There’s a recent paper from this year about Foucault’s involvement with Medecin Sans Frontiere and his contribution to the legitimization of humanitarian interventionist discourse, going from his “Confronting Governments” piece and others promoting NGO work. I forget the exact name of it though. Have you heard of it?

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