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A Common Problematic

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In this chapter, the author wants to suggest that, despite the focus of many critical scholars on the structural similarities between international legal discourse and that of liberal political theory in general, there are a great number of philosophers some of whom could hardly be sensibly classified as &t;liberal&t; who are nonetheless all concerned with, in some fundamental way, the same problematic, the same apparent contradiction that led Koskenniemi to condemn international law as utterly useless: namely, the search for justifications of normativity in an age of value subjectivity. It gives an overview of the development of the problematic within the tradition, and considers the manner in which different thinkers have approached it. The chapter looks at Nietzsche and his (re)introduction of the &t;sceptical attitude&t; into philosophical thought, and then move on to consider in a little more detail the work of Sartre, Beauvoir and Camus.

Keywords: Beauvoir; Camus; international law; international legal discourse; Koskenniemi; liberal political theory; Nietzsche; philosophical thought

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