The Zen of International Relations: IR Theory from East to West

Overview

The essays in this provocative collection challenge the epistemological bases of international relations theory. Scholars from the Middle East and Asia explore the way different cultures represent history, relations of power, and the place of "others"—including the West itself—in the systems of stories created to understand the world.

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Overview

The essays in this provocative collection challenge the epistemological bases of international relations theory. Scholars from the Middle East and Asia explore the way different cultures represent history, relations of power, and the place of "others"—including the West itself—in the systems of stories created to understand the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333688229
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Chan is Dean of Humanities and Professor in International Ethics, Nottingham Trent University.

Peter G. Mandaville is Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
1 Introduction: Within International Relations Itself, a New Culture Rises Up 1
Pt. 1 Establishing a Debate
2 Western (?) Stories of War Origins 17
3 Forget IR Theory 37
Pt. II Attempting to Form the Debate
4 Seven Types of Ambiguity in Western International Relations Theory and Painful Steps Towards Right Ethics 69
5 A Story Beyond Telos: Redeeming the Shield of Achilles for a Realism of Rights in IR 79
6 Stories of Priam and Job, the Slaughter of Their Families, and Twenty Theses on the Suggestiveness of Good for the Person of IR 99
Pt. III The Inclination of Middle Eastern Civilisation
7 Can a Declined Civilisation be Reconstructed? Islamic 'Civilisation' or 'Civilised' Islam? 129
8 An Islamic Perspective on Non-Alignment: Iranian Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice 157
Pt. IV The Zen of International Relations
9 East-West Stories of War and Peace: Neorealist Claims in the Light of Ancient Chinese Philosophy 177
10 Selling Culture: Ancient Chinese Conceptions of 'the Other' in Legends 202
11 The Zen Master's Story and an Anatomy of International Relations Theory 222
Bibliographical Note: Has Chinese IR Progressed? 244
Index 249
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