Recovering International Relations: The Promise of Sustainable Critique

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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 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 the ...
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Overview


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 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 the study of world politics-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 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, address an increasingly dense, heavily armed, and persistently diverse world.
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"...this already shows how thought-provoking and engaging Levine's work is. He deserves the highest praise, not only for the vigor of his argument but also for the clarity of his thought and style.. This might well be the best introduction to critical international relations theory. ... Highly recommended." --CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199916085
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,031,657
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: Sustainable Critique and the Lost Vocation of International Relations
The Lost Vocation
Critique and the Loss of Vocation
Sustainable Critique (1): The Problem of Reification
Sustainable Critique (2): Reification in International Theory
Sustainable Critique (3): Chastened Reason
Plan of the Work

Chapter One: "For We Born After:" The Challenge of Sustainable Critique
Between Comte and Catastrophe
Sustainable Critique as an Ethical Commitment: The Animus Habitandi
The Ethical Lacuna in IR: Three Examples
From Critique to Sustainable Critique
'Non-Identity' and Negative Dialectics
A Logical Impasse?

Chapter Two: Sustainable Critique and Critical IR Theory: Against Emancipation
A New Hope: Emancipation in Critical IR Theory
Post-National Liberalism and Pragmatism
The Adornian Alternative: Constellation and a Hermeneutic Turn
Concretizing the Constellation in IR: Allison's Essence of Decision
Toward Sustainable Critique: Concluding Thoughts

Chapter Three: The Realist Dilemma: Politics and the Limits of Theory
The 'Dutch Boy Syndrome': Morgenthau's Despairing Vocation
1. Morgenthau's Positive Dialectics
2. The Limits of Positive Dialectics: Reification, Despair, Backlash
3. From Reification to Sustainable Critique: Morgenthau's Missed Opportunity
Reification by "Ontological Smuggling": Waltz's Middle-Range Realism
Epistemological Lowballing: Wendt's 'Third Way'
Concluding Thoughts: Critical Realism and Sustainable Critique

Chapter Four: Communitarian IR Theory: "The Common Socius of us All"
IR-Liberalism: Two Traditions
Between Community and Individual
Plan of the Chapter
Metaphysical Communitarianism: Functionalism
1. The Fabian Impasse
2. The Mitranyan Breakthrough
The 'Wise Android': Deutsch's Cybernetic Turn
'Third-way' Communitarianism and the Primacy of Vision: Adler
Concluding Thoughts: From Communitarian to Individualist IR

Chapter Five: Individualist IR Theory: Disharmonious Cooperation
IR-Liberalism: From Communitarian to Individualist
Plan of the Chapter
Metaphysical Individualism: Ernst Haas and the Renewed March of Reason
1. Against Communitarianism: Neo-Functionalism and 'Managed Gesellschaft'
2. From Neo-functionalism to Liberal Nationalism: Taking up the Gauntlet of Reflexivity
Middle-Range Individualism: Keohane's Disharmonious Cooperation and 'Humility'
1. Complex Interdependence and the Middle-Range Turn
2. Liberal Institutionalism's Unsustainable Reflexivity
"Third-Way" Individualism: Multiple Paradigms and the 'Pirandello Problem'

Conclusion: Toward Sustainably Critical International Theory
The 'Hermeneutic Sphere': Toward a Sustainably Critical Research Program
Sympathetic Knowledge
A Working Example: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and IR
1. Building up the Hermeneutic 'Third Axis'
2. Constructing the Constellation: an Analytical Table of Contents
The Constellar Production of Compassion
Politics without Compassion: More of the Same?

Works Cited

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