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Recovering International Relations

Daniel Levine

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916061
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980246 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916061.001.0001
Recovering International Relations

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This book bridges two key divides in International Relations. The first is between ‘value-free’ and normative theory. The second is between reflective, philosophically inflected explorations of ethics in IR and empirical studies of practical problems in world politics. Featuring a novel, provocative and detailed survey of IR’s development over the second half of the twentieth century, the work draws on early Frankfurt School social theory to suggest a new ethical and methodological foundation for international theory—sustainable critique—which draws these disparate approaches together in light of their common aims, and redacts them in the face of their particular limitations. Understanding the discipline as a vocation as well as a series of academic and methodological practices, sustainable critique views normative and empirical theory both in terms of the knowledge they disclose, and in terms of their respective tendencies to reify. Each, it is argued, must be therefore be sustained in the same intellectual moment: if IR is to meaningfully and responsibly address an increasingly dense, heavily armed, and persistently diverse world.

Keywords: animus habitandi; chastened reason; constellation; critical theory; dialectical theory; Frankfurt School; International Relations; international political theory; negative dialectics; normative theory; philosophy of social science; positive theory; social science methodology; reflexivity; reification; sustainable critique

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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Individualist IR Theory: Disharmonious Cooperation in Recovering International Relations

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