Recovering International Relations: The Promise of Sustainable Critique

Paperback | October 3, 2012

byDaniel Levine

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Recovering International Relations bridges two key divides in contemporary IR: between 'value-free' and normative theory, and between reflective, philosophically inflected explorations of ethics in scholarship and close, empirical studies of practical problems in world politics. Featuring anovel, 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 the study of world politics-sustainable critique-which draws these disparateapproaches 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 aims to balance the insights of normative and empirical theory against each other. Each must be brought to bear if scholarship is to meaningfully, and responsibly, addressan increasingly dense, heavily armed, and persistently diverse world.

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Recovering International Relations bridges two key divides in contemporary IR: between 'value-free' and normative theory, and between reflective, philosophically inflected explorations of ethics in scholarship and close, empirical studies of practical problems in world politics. Featuring anovel, provocative and detailed survey of IR's...

Daniel J. Levine is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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TablesFiguresIntroduction: Sustainable Critique and the Lost Vocation of International RelationsThe Lost VocationCritique and the Loss of VocationSustainable Critique (1): The Problem of ReificationSustainable Critique (2): Reification in International TheorySustainable Critique (3): Chastened ReasonPlan of the Work1. "For We Born After:" The Challenge of Sustainable CritiqueBetween Comte and CatastropheSustainable Critique as an Ethical Commitment: The Animus HabitandiThe Ethical Lacuna in IR: Three ExamplesFrom Critique to Sustainable Critique'Non-Identity' and Negative DialecticsA Logical Impasse?2. Sustainable Critique and Critical IR Theory: Against EmancipationA New Hope: Emancipation in Critical IR TheoryPost-National Liberalism and PragmatismThe Adornian Alternative: Constellation and a Hermeneutic TurnConcretizing the Constellation in IR: Allison's Essence of DecisionToward Sustainable Critique: Concluding Thoughts3. The Realist Dilemma: Politics and the Limits of TheoryThe 'Dutch Boy Syndrome': Morgenthau's Despairing Vocation1. Morgenthau's Positive Dialectics2. The Limits of Positive Dialectics: Reification, Despair, Backlash3. From Reification to Sustainable Critique: Morgenthau's Missed OpportunityReification by "Ontological Smuggling": Waltz's Middle-Range RealismEpistemological Lowballing: Wendt's 'Third Way'Concluding Thoughts: Critical Realism and Sustainable Critique4. Communitarian IR Theory: "The Common Socius of us All"IR-Liberalism: Two TraditionsBetween Community and IndividualPlan of the ChapterMetaphysical Communitarianism: Functionalism1. The Fabian Impasse2. The Mitranyan BreakthroughThe 'Wise Android': Deutsch's Cybernetic Turn'Third-way' Communitarianism and the Primacy of Vision: AdlerConcluding Thoughts: From Communitarian to Individualist IR5. Individualist IR Theory: Disharmonious CooperationIR-Liberalism: From Communitarian to IndividualistPlan of the ChapterMetaphysical Individualism: Ernst Haas and the Renewed March of Reason1. Against Communitarianism: Neo-Functionalism and 'Managed Gesellschaft'2. From Neo-functionalism to Liberal Nationalism: Taking up the Gauntlet of ReflexivityMiddle-Range Individualism: Keohane's Disharmonious Cooperation and 'Humility'1. Complex Interdependence and the Middle-Range Turn2. Liberal Institutionalism's Unsustainable Reflexivity"Third-Way" Individualism: Multiple Paradigms and the 'Pirandello Problem'Conclusion: Toward Sustainably Critical International TheoryThe 'Hermeneutic Sphere': Toward a Sustainably Critical Research ProgramSympathetic KnowledgeA Working Example: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and IR1. Building up the Hermeneutic 'Third Axis'2. Constructing the Constellation: an Analytical Table of ContentsThe Constellar Production of CompassionPolitics without Compassion: More of the Same?Works Cited