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Critical International Theory By Richard Devetak (Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland)

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This book tells the story of critical theory's introduction into the study of international relations.

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Critical International Theory: An Intellectual History by Richard Devetak (Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland)

Whether inspired by the Frankfurt School or Antonio Gramsci, the impact of critical theory on the study of international relations has grown considerably since its advent in the early 1980s. This book offers the first intellectual history of critical international theory. Richard Devetak approaches this history by locating its emergence in the rising prestige of theory and the theoretical persona. As theory's prestige rose in the discipline of international relations it opened the way for normative and metatheoretical reconsiderations of the discipline and the world. The book traces the lines of intellectual inheritance through the Frankfurt School to the Enlightenment, German idealism, and historical materialism, to reveal the construction of a particular kind of intellectual persona: the critical international theorist who has mastered reflexive, dialectical forms of social philosophy. . In addition to the extensive treatment of critical theory's reception and development in international relations, the book recovers a rival form of theory that originates outside the usual inheritance of critical international theory in Renaissance humanism and the civil Enlightenment. This historical mode of theorising was intended to combat metaphysical encroachments on politics and international relations and to prioritise the mundane demands of civil government over the self-reflective demands of dialectical social philosophies. By proposing contextualist intellectual history as a form of critical theory, Critical International Theory defends a mode of historical critique that refuses the normative temptations to project present conceptions onto an alien past, and to abstract from the offices of civil government.

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About Richard Devetak (Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland)


Richard Devetak is Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the history of international thought, history of the states-system, and critical theories of international relations. He has also published in History of European Ideas, International Affairs, International Theory, Review of International Studies, and Millennium.

Table of Contents


Introduction 1: International Relations before Critical Theory: Methodenstreit and the Rise of Theory 2: Revisiting the Sources of Critical International Theory 3: International Relations meets Critical Theory 4: Critique and Crisis: Critical International Theory Today 5: Critical International Theory in Historical Mode Conclusion: Reorienting Critical International Theory

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Critical International Theory: An Intellectual History by Richard Devetak (Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland)
Richard Devetak (Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland)
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Oxford University Press
2018-08-02
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0198823568
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