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Praxis as a Perspective on International Politics

Edited by Gunther Hellmann and Jens Steffek

Published

Apr 26, 2022

Page count

304 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529220469

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 26, 2022

Page count

304 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529220483

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Praxis as a Perspective on International Politics

This collection brings together leading figures in the study of international relations to explore praxis as a perspective on international politics and law. With its focus on competent judgments, the praxis approach holds the promise to overcome the divide between knowing and acting that marks positivist international relations theory.

Building on the transdisciplinary work of Friedrich Kratochwil—and with a concluding chapter from him—this book reveals the scope, limits and blind spots of praxis theorizing.

For anyone involved in international politics, this is an important contribution to the reconciliation of theory and practice and an inspiration for future research.

Gunther Hellmann is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences at Goethe University, Germany.

Jens Steffek is Professor of Transnational Governance at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Introduction: Praxis as a Perspective on International Politics

PART I: THEORIZING PRAXIS

Knowing, Remembering, Showing but Still not Seeing: Critical Praxis, Slavery and the Modern ‘We’ ~ Karin Fierke

Friedrich Kratochwil: Prophet of Doubt? ~ Cecelia Lynch

Styles of Theorizing International Practice ~ Christian Bueger

Practicing Theorizing in Theorizing Praxis. Friedrich Kratochwil and Social Inquiry ~ Gunther Hellmann

PART II: PRAXIS AND THE LAW

If not Rome or the Hague, Where? Reflections on Sanctioning and Punishing ~ Chris Brown

Practical Constitutionalism ~ Anthony Lang

Rules, Institutions and Decisions: Taking Distribution Seriously ~ Jan Klabbers

PART III: BIOLOGY, CONTINGENCY AND HISTORY

I think, Therefore IR? Psychology, Biology and the Botion of Praxis ~ James Davis

Practice, Intersubjectivity and the Problem of Contingency ~Oliver Kessler

The Praxis of Change and Theory ~ Matthias Albert

Engaging the Cultural Horizon: How Reflexive Approaches Can Sustain, Subvert, and Trasform Social Order ~ Jörg Friedrichs

PART IV: THEORY AS INTERVENTION

Practicing Academic Intervention: An Agonistic Reading of Praxis ~ Antje Wiener

Between Science and Politics: Friedrich Kratochwil’s Praxis of ‘Going on’ ~ Patrick T. Jackson

Praxis, Humanism and the Quest for Wholeness ~ Jens Steffek

PART V: CONVERSING WITH CRITICS

Acting, Representing, Ruling: A Conversation with my Critics on Social Reproduction and the Logic of Social Inquiry ~ Friedrich Kratochwil