A Critical Humanitarian Intervention Approach (Rethinking by K. Butler

By K. Butler

A serious Humanitarian Intervention procedure explores methods of reconceptualizing protection when it comes to Ken Booth’s concept of worldwide protection. This procedure, focusing on human improvement extra largely can increase upon the theoretical and sensible barriers of solidarist theories with reference to humanitarian intervention.

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First, they are representative of a far more complex understanding of SHEs, in contrast to what is at present reflected by the solidarist theorising on humanitarian intervention. But they also represent an array of opportunities, which, when taken into consideration by international society, could be seen as helping to prevent future SHEs. 20 A Critical Humanitarian Intervention Approach Following the latter belief, Chapter 4 continues to build upon a CHIA. Guided by the requirements of practical theory the emphasis in this chapter is on building favourable conditions within which the capacity for reciprocal prevention of SHEs may be built.

However, essentially for this book, he disagrees with the so-called dependent and derivative status of such conclusions (Horkheimer, 1972a: 138; emphasis added). In other words, he recognises the importance of basing a theoretical endeavour on ‘facts’, but what he is concerned with are the consequences of such an endeavour. Privileging a certain epistemology, or treating ‘the truth as correspondence’ as a main tenet of theorising, means that a number of ‘problematic issues’ are ignored (Neufeld, 1995: 41).

He believes that with the Enlightenment came the understanding of the world as a scientific universe, which could only be understood by science itself. Within this kind of world, every object became a possible focus of study. The Enlightenment project became ‘the development of universal, mathematically formulated science’ which brought European civilisation to an era of positivism (Held, 1980: 161). 7 It is beyond the scope of this book to provide a detailed analysis of Horkheimer’s rejection of positivism.

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