Making Sense of 'Public' Emergencies
Osgoode Hall Law School - York University
December 9, 2008
Philosophy of Management (formerly Reason in Practice), Vol. 8, No 2, pp. 31-53, 2009
In this article, I seek to make sense of the oft-invoked idea of ‘public emergency’ and of some of its supposedly radical moral implications. I challenge controversial claims by Tom Sorell, Michael Walzer, and Giorgio Agamben, and argue for a more discriminating understanding of the category and of its moral force.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: Emergencies, public emergencies, supreme emergencies, roles, duty to rescue, emergency assistance, governments, governance, states, liberalism, public goods, rule of law, declaration, Katrina, Sorrell, Walzer, Agamben
JEL Classification: K14working papers series
Date posted: December 11, 2008 ; Last revised: November 30, 2010
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