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Justifying violence: Communicative ethics and the use of force in Kosovo

Naomi Head


When is the use of force for humanitarian purposes legitimate± The book examines this question through one of the most controversial examples of humanitarian intervention in the post-Cold War period: the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo. In the face of contemporary problems of legitimacy and justification, the book offers a deep engagement with developments at the intersection of Habermasian communicative ethics and International Relations. The result is a set of rigorous normative guidelines – the ‘communicative imperatives’ – intended for application in analyses of the process and legitimacy ... More

Keywords: Communicative ethics, Humanitarian intervention, Kosovo conflict, Habermasian critical theory, Legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719083075
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Head, author