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Tragedy and International Relations


Nowhere are clashes between competing ethical perspectives more prevalent than in the realm of international relations. Thus, understanding tragedy is directly relevant to understanding IR. This volume explores the various ways that tragedy can be used as a lens through which international relations might be brought into clearer focus.

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Nowhere are clashes between competing ethical perspectives more prevalent than in the realm of international relations. Thus, understanding tragedy is directly relevant to understanding IR. This volume explores the various ways that tragedy can be used as a lens through which international relations might be brought into clearer focus.

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Winner of the CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Titles in 2014

"This is scholarship done the "old" way: a polite but nonetheless raucous debate, begun in a cafe, that subsequently gains a life of its own as it spreads and catches the interest of many fine thinkers and erudite writers. The goal of this short but deep volume, to discuss how and in what ways the classical conceptions of tragedy over the millennia of philosophical musings might still be relevant and enrich readers' understanding of international relations today, is fascinating exactly because it is so almost absurdly bold: one is hard-pressed to find a similar work with a similarly humble yet grand objective. In the end it is not so much about whether or not the contributors pull off the ultimate conclusion (after all, is it really possible in the present-day academic world to ever grant a person or a group success In answering what is at its most fundamental essence a deeply profound and highly esoteric question?), but rather it is a treat to enjoy this for the intellectual jourbaney on which it takes the reader. It is a deeply serious work worthy of high-level reflection. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE Review, M. D. Crosston, Bellevue University, USA

"As both rhetoric and reality, the question of tragedy remains a crucial aspect of political life and political understanding. With remarkable breadth and power, this superb volume shows why it should be central to political science and international relations today." - Michael C. Williams, Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada

"An unusual collection of stimulating essays amounting to a spirited "conversation" among leading scholars, which reminds us that the "bounds of sense" are not exhausted by "techniques", "designs", "systems" or "theories"." - Friedrich Kratochwil, Professor of International Relations, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

"Erskine and Lebow bring together a world class collection of contributors to demonstrate how the theme of tragedy illuminates the ethical contours of international politics. This books makes a valuable contribution to IR theory but will resonate well beyond this audience to scholars working in cultural studies, literature and continental philosophy. This is certainly a book I will be encouraging my students to read." - Kimberly Hutchings, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science

"This is a wide-ranging collection of essays by an impressive group of established and early-career theorists." - International Affairs

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Meet the Author

TONI ERSKINE is Senior Lecturer in International Politics, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK, and Lurie-Murdoch Senior Research Fellow in Global Ethics, RMIT University, Melbourbane, Australia.

RICHARD NED LEBOW is James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, USA, and Centennial Professor of International Relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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Table of Contents

Understanding Tragedy and Understanding International Relations - T.Erskine & - R.N.Lebow
Tragedy, Ethics and International Relations - M.Frost
Tragedy, Progress and the International Order - J.Mayall
Tragedy or Skepticism? Defending the Anti-Pelagian Mind in World Politics - N.Rengger
Tragedy, Politics and Political Science - R.N.Lebow
Tragic Choices and Contemporary International Political Theory - C.Brown
The Tragedy of Tragedy - P.Euben
Tragedy, World Politics, and Ethical Community - R.Beardsworth
Tragic Vision and Vigilant Realism: Progressivism without an Ideal - K.Stullerova
A Pessimism of Strength? Tragedy and Political Virtue - B.A.Schupmann
Nietzsche and Questions of Tragedy, Tyranny and International Relations - T.Strong
Tragedies and International Relations - C.Lu
The Drama Viewed from Elsewhere - R.Shilliam
Conclusion: Learning from Tragedy? - T.Erskine & - R.N.Lebow

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