Making Sense of 'Public' Emergencies

Philosophy of Management (formerly Reason in Practice), Vol. 8, No 2, pp. 31-53, 2009

CLPE Research

26 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2008 Last revised: 29 Oct 2014

Date Written: December 9, 2008

Abstract

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.

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: K14

Suggested Citation

Tanguay-Renaud, François, Making Sense of 'Public' Emergencies (December 9, 2008). Philosophy of Management (formerly Reason in Practice), Vol. 8, No 2, pp. 31-53, 2009; CLPE Research. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1313728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1313728

François Tanguay-Renaud (Contact Author)

Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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