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Emancipatory International Relations

Critical Thinking in International Relations, 1st Edition

By Roger D. Spegele


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International relations theory is witnessing a veritable explosion of works within the areas of modernism and postmodernism, yet there has been no attempt to compare these theories and their sources according to a common criterion or logical form. This author argues that while these pioneering, imaginative and exciting theoretical works are disparate, they also share a common thread that seeks to express emancipatory goals for international relations.

This book provides an in-depth critical study of this genre of theorizing that he names ‘Emancipatory International Relations’. Spegele develops a framework to help the reader understand both the differences and commonalities in modernist and postmodernist emancipatory thinking in International Relations. He critically analyzes modernist theories, discourses, narratives and postmodernist theory and practice, feminist emancipatory discourses and postmodernist international discourse and concludes by examining the coherence, viability and plausibility of emancipatory discourses in international relations whether modernist or postmodernist.

This challenging and innovative volume will be of interest to students and researchers of international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Emancipatory International Relations: A First Cut 2. Between Rationalism and Empiricism: An Emancipatory Reading of Immanuel Kant’s International Relations 3. Neo-Kantian Emancipatory Visions and Revisions 4. Marxism, Linklater and Critical Theory 5. Nietzsche: Founder of Postmodernism? 6. Postmodernist International Relations Discourse 7. Feminist Tensions in the Shadows of Modernist International Relations Theory 8. Postmodernist International Relations Feminist Theory: Can One Avoid the Maelstrom? 9. Conclusion

About the Author

Roger D. Spegele has a PhD from the University of Chicago, USA, and is the author of Political Realism in International Theory (Cambridge University Press). In his academic career he has specialized in international politics, international relations theory and ethics.

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.


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