The origins of international conflict are often explained by security dilemmas, power-rivalries or profits for political or economic elites. Common to these approaches is the idea that human behaviour is mostly governed by material interests which principally involve the quest for power or wealth. The authors question this truncated image of human rationality. Borrowing the concept of recognition from models developed in philosophy and sociology, this book provides a unique set of applications to the problems of international conflict, and argues that human actions are often not motivated by a pursuit of utility maximisation as much as they are by a quest to gain recognition. This unique approach will be a welcome alternative to the traditional models of international conflict.
Part I Theoretical Preliminaries Introduction The International Politics of Recognition Erik Ringmar 1 Recognition between States: On the Moral Substrate of International Relations Axel Honneth 2 Prickly States? Recognition and Disrespect between Persons and Peoples Reinhard Wolf 3 Symbolic and Physical Violence Philippe Braud 4 Is a Just Peace Possible without Thin and Thick Recognition? Pierre Allan and Alexis Keller Part II Empirical Applications 5 Spirit, Recognition, and Foreign Policy: Germany and World War II Richard Ned Lebow 6 World War I from the Perspective of Power Cycle Theory: Recognition, "Adjustment Delusions," and the "Trauma of Expectations Foregone" Charles F. Doran 7 Recognition, Disrespect, and the Struggle for Morocco: Rethinking Imperial Germany's Security Dilemma Michelle Murray 8 Self-Identification, Recognition, and Conflicts: The Evolution of Taiwan's Identity, 1949-2008 Yana Zuo 9 Recognition, the Non-Proliferation Regime, and Proliferation Crises Alexandre Hummel 10 Recognizing the Enemy: Terrorism as Symbolic Violence Andreas Behnke Part III Conclusions 11 Concluding Remarks on the Empirical Study of International Recognition Thomas Lindemann