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3 - The Rise of the Humanitarian Sensibility and the Emergence of Humanitarianism

from Part I - Interventionism and Humanitarianism under the Sign of Internationalism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 November 2021

Fabian Klose
Affiliation:
Universität zu Köln
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Addressing the question of the movements in the history of ideas that gave rise to such a novel conception of intervention, Chapter 3 considers the intellectual origins of humanitarianism. Beginning in the mid-eighteenth century, various religious, philosophical and literary currents combined to mould a humanitarian sensibility, under the influence of which people developed empathy for their fellow human beings and took active measures to relieve the suffering of others across national and even continental divides. Rather than building their campaigns on a discourse of rights, civil society groups appealed instead to the idea of ‘humanity’, thereby making it a key normative reference in both national and international politics.

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In the Cause of Humanity
A History of Humanitarian Intervention in the Long Nineteenth Century
, pp. 39 - 46
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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