Protecting the World: Military Humanitarian Intervention and the Ethics of Care
Article first published online: 30 SEP 2012
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Crossing Borders Special Issue
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 257–273, Spring 2013
How to Cite
Kyle, J. (2013), Protecting the World: Military Humanitarian Intervention and the Ethics of Care. Hypatia, 28: 257–273. doi: 10.1111/hypa.12004
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 30 SEP 2012
Feminist care theorists Virginia Held and Joan Tronto have suggested that care is relevant to political issues concerning distant others and that care can provide the basis for a more comprehensive moral approach. I consider their approaches with regard to the policy issue of military humanitarian intervention, and raise concerns about exceptionalist attitudes toward international law that entail a collection of costs that I refer to as “the problem of global worldlessness.” I suggest that an ethic of care can overcome these concerns, and offer an Arendt-inflected rereading of some of Tronto's work to show how this is possible.