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Kenneth W. Thompson, The Prophet of Norms

Thought and Practice

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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought book series (PMHIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. A Profile

    1. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 1-35
  3. Entrepreneur of Praxis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 39-55
    3. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 57-82
  4. Promoter of Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 85-97
    3. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 99-117
  5. Expounder of Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 121-153
    3. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 155-173
    4. Farhang Rajaee
      Pages 175-182
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-207

About this book


The aim of this book is to capture, the international thought and practice of Kenneth W. Thompson. His career embodied three roles in which he revealed his thoughts and practice: as a facilitator of space for encouraging debates, scholarship and practice; as an educator; and most importantly as a theorist of international relations.


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About the authors

Professor of Political Science and Humanities specializing in political theory and non-Western traditions, particularly Modern Political Thought in Islam. He obtained a BA degree in political science from the University of Tehran in 1975, an MA in public administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1977, and a PhD in foreign Affairs in 1983 from the University of Virginia. From 1986 to 1996 he was a Professor at the University of Tehran, the Iranian Academy of Philosophy, and Beheshti (National) University. In 1990-91, he was a fellow at St. Antony s College, Oxford, in 1996 a research fellow at Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, and a visiting Professor in Summer 2001 at Shawnee State University, Ohio. In his research, he concentrates on identity and the human condition through an understanding of the political, in both Western and non-Western traditions. His major works Moshkeleye Hoviyat-e Iranian Emruz. (The Problematique of the Contemporary Iranian Identity, 2004 and 2005) and

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"Farhang Rajaee's Kenneth W. Thompson, the Prophet of Norms is a long-overdue and impressive examination of the writings and theories behind Thompson's contributions to International Relations theory. It also examines the large body of scholars Thompson influenced over a prolific career. Excellent contribution to the field!" - Gale A. Mattox, Professor of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy/Georgetown University, USA

"Farhang Rajaee has written a much-needed introduction to the life and thought of one of America's foremost Christian realist thinkers Kenneth W. Thompson. In Rajaee's highly personal and insightful narrative, Thompson emerges to take his rightful place among the great international relations theorists of the twentieth century." - Nicolai N. Petro, Professor of Political Science, University of Rhode Island, USA