'A lucid, comprehensive analysis of normative approaches to international relations, and an original contribution to critical theory' - Andrew Linklater, University of Keele `Hutchings combines a valuable account of the current state of the art with a lucid expositon of her own, highly distinctive, position. This will be required reading for students in international political theory, and indeed anyone interested in normative issues in international relations' - Chris Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science Providing an invaluable overview of the competing schools of thought in traditional and contemporary international theory, this book

International Politics as Ethical Life

International politics as ethical life

This book set out to realize two principal aims: first, to offer an overview of competing schools of thought in normative international theory; secondly, to present an argument for doing normative international theory as international political theory rather than as either international relations theory (realism) or applied ethics (idealism). The latter aim has been accomplished through tracing the implications of critical, postmodernist and feminist responses to mainstream normative international theory and fleshing out those implications with a reading of Hegel and Foucault. The conclusion drawn from this process has been that the fixed, idealized ontologies and abstractly authoritative epistemologies which have traditionally underpinned normative judgement need to be replaced by a concern with the phenomenological adequacy and ...

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