International Theory at the Margins

Neglected Essays, Recurring Themes

By Nicholas Greenwood Onuf

Published

Jan 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529229813

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529229837

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

This book brings together thirteen previously neglected essays by Nicholas Onuf, a celebrated International Relations theorist.

Chapters examine crucial issues which, according to Onuf, bedevil international theory as a project. Divided into three sections – Politics, Ethics and Semantics – the book addresses topics such as reconciling social construction with materiality, epochal change in the modern world, and questions on the properties of language.

Building on the work of giants, from Aristotle to Foucault, and drawing on the insight of diverse contemporary international theorists, including Johan Galtung, Morton Kaplan, Joseph Nye and James Rosenau, the book provides a powerful reminder that one must often look to the margins of the field to find new and stronger theory to address issues which have never been put to rest.

Nicholas Greenwood Onuf is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University.

1. Introduction

Part 1: Politics: Deciding what matters

1. Comparative international politics

2. Prometheus prostrate

3. Center-periphery relations

4. On power

Part 2: Ethics: Doing what we should

5. Rules for torture?

6. The ambiguous modernism of Seyla Benhabib

7. Relative strangers

8. Ethical systems

Part 3: Semantics: Saying what we see

9. Writing large

10. Intertextual Relations

11. World-making, state-building

12. What we do

13. The dinosaur speaks!

Afterword

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