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International Relations Theory and Philosophy
Interpretive dialogues

ISBN 9780415662413
Published September 5, 2012 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This book discusses the contribution of philosophers and thinkers whose ideas have recently begun to permeate international relations theory. It provides an introduction to the contemporary debates regarding theories and methodologies used to study international relations, particularly the relationships between interpretive accounts of social action, European philosophical traditions, hermeneutics and the discipline of international relations. The authors provides a platform for dialogue between theorists and researchers engaged in a more specific area studies, geo-political studies, political theory and historical accounts of international politics.

The volume analyzes a variety of theoretical and explores the work of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gramsci, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Levinas, Bakhtin, Patocka, Derridean, Deleuze and Susan Sontag. Making an important contribution to discussions about how to study the complexities of world politics, this book will be of interest to students and researchers of international relations, politics, sociology, philosophy and political theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: On Philosophical Traditions and Hermeneutic Global Politics Cerwyn Moore and Chris Farrands  2. Nietzsche’s Style: On Language, Knowledge and Power in International Relations Roland Bleiker and Mark Chou  3. Deconstructing the Modern Subject: Method and Possibility in Martin Heidegger's Hermeneutics of Facticity Louiza Odysseos  4. Gadamer’s Enduring Influence in International Relations: Interpretation in Gadamer, Ricoeur and Beyond Chris Farrands  5. Jan Patocka and Global Politics Cerwyn Moore  6. Emmanuel Levinas, Ethics and Rupturing the Political Andrea den Boer  7. Walking Corpses: Arendt on the Limits and Possibilities of Cosmopolitan Politics Patricia Owens  8. Wittgenstein and International Relations Theory Karin Fierke  9. Bakhtin: From Substance to Process Xavier Guillaume  10. Derrida: Aporias of Otherness Claudia Aradau  11. On the Nature of Sovereignty: Gilles Deleuze and the Theory of World Politics Julian Reid  12. Edward Said and Postcolonial International Relations Mark B.Salter  13. On Habermas, Marx and the Critical Theory Tradition: Theoretical Mastery or Drift? Alexander Anievas  14.  Poststructuralism and the Randomisation of History: The ‘Taboo’ of Historical Materialism Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton  15. Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag  Stephen Chan

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Cerwyn Moore is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Chris Farrands is Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, UK.


"Moore and Farrands have brought together an impressive collection of essays in this volume, each of which is carefully crafted, well argued and set to make an important contribution to scholarship at the nexus of international political theory and philosophy. The chapter authors are all at the cutting edge of this body of research and all have produced clear and accessible overviews of the philosophical foundations of their intellectual contributions to the discipline of International Relations. Of particular note are Bleiker and Chou's discussion of Nietzsche, Aradau on Derrida and Salters exploration of Said's oeuvre; overall, however, this is an important text that deserves to be read widely." - Dr Laura J. Shepherd, Deputy Head of School and Associate Professor of International Relations, University of New South Wales, Australia


"For a book that deals with the heavyweights of continental philosophy, International Relations Theory and Philosophy is also surprisingly accessible. This edited volume explores the ways continental philosophy can contribute to the discipline of IR and thus, fills an important void. This is the right book for those who yearn to go outside but do not know quite where to start." -Ayse Zarakol


"Drawing on continental philosophy is all the rage in the burgeoning sub-field of International Political Theory, but rarely is it done with the sophistication and insight on display here. International Relations Theory and Philosophy: Interpretive Dialogues is at once a broad overview of the diversity of the philosophical thought as it pertains to international politics, a how-to guide for bringing in new ideas and theorists into IR, and a set of genuine contributions to existing studies of pivotal thinkers. As such, it will be required reading for those both new to and at the forefront of IPT." - Dr David McCourt, University of Sheffield