The Return of the Theorists

Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations

  • Richard Ned Lebow
  • Peer Schouten
  • Hidemi Suganami

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Richard Ned Lebow, Peer Schouten, Hidemi Suganami
    Pages 1-5
  3. Richard Ned Lebow
    Pages 6-12
  4. Pichamon Yeophantong
    Pages 13-21
  5. Christopher Coker
    Pages 36-43
  6. Michael C. Williams
    Pages 67-73
  7. Richard Beardsworth
    Pages 117-125
  8. Tracy B. Strong
    Pages 143-155
  9. Bertrand Badie
    Pages 156-163
  10. Richard Ned Lebow
    Pages 173-181
  11. James W. Davis
    Pages 201-209
  12. Michael Cox
    Pages 210-217
  13. Kimberly Hutchings
    Pages 245-253
  14. Andrew Lawrence
    Pages 254-262
  15. Andrei S. Markovits
    Pages 274-284
  16. Huw L. Williams
    Pages 293-301
  17. Louis W. Pauly
    Pages 302-312
  18. Adam Humphreys, Hidemi Suganami
    Pages 313-321
  19. Rita Abrahamsen
    Pages 322-328
  20. Robert Ayson
    Pages 344-351
  21. Richard Ned Lebow, Peer Schouten, Hidemi Suganami
    Pages 361-385
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 386-393

About this book


Contemporary International Relations is as much a conversation between the living and the dead as it is among the living. Its debates are thoroughly rooted in and shaped by the thought of many bygone minds, both ancient and modern. With this in mind, The Return of the Theorists presents forty imagined dialogues with foundational theorists. They run the gamut from Homer and Confucius to Hedley Bull and Jean Bethke Elshtain, and span almost three millennia of human history, comprising representatives of a variety of cultures. The interviewers consist of more than forty international relations scholars and political theorists. They too cut across cultures, continents and almost three generations, and each is an expert on the work of the thinker invited. The Return of the Theorists will be of interest to anyone who has tried to enter the mind of bygone thinkers in political thought and International Relations.


International Relations International Relations Theory Political Theory Interviews Dialogues Great Thinkers Theory Talks Philosophy Aristotle Hannah Arendt Immanuel Kant international relations Jean-Jacques Rousseau John Locke John Rawls Karl Marx Michel Foucault philosophy Pierre Bourdieu Plato political theory socialism Thomas Hobbes

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Ned Lebow
    • 1
  • Peer Schouten
    • 2
  • Hidemi Suganami
    • 3
  1. 1.King’s College LondonUK
  2. 2.Danish Institute for International StudiesDenmark
  3. 3.Aberystwyth UniversityUK

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