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The Return of the Theorists

Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (42 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Richard Ned Lebow, Peer Schouten, Hidemi Suganami
    Pages 1-5
  3. Homer (c.850 BCE)

    • Richard Ned Lebow
    Pages 6-12
  4. Conversations with Confucius (551–479 BCE)

    • Pichamon Yeophantong
    Pages 13-21
  5. Discussing War with Plato (429–347 BCE)

    • Christopher Coker
    Pages 36-43
  6. Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)

    • Michael C. Williams
    Pages 67-73
  7. G.W.F. Hegel (1770–1831) and International Relations

    • Richard Beardsworth
    Pages 117-125
  8. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    • Tracy B. Strong
    Pages 143-155
  9. Émile Durkheim (1858–1917)

    • Bertrand Badie
    Pages 156-163

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.

Keywords

  • 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

  • King’s College London, UK

    Richard Ned Lebow

  • Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark

    Peer Schouten

  • Aberystwyth University, UK

    Hidemi Suganami

About the editors

Richard Ned Lebow is Professor of International Political Theory in the War Studies Department of King's College London, Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge and the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor (Emeritus) of Government at Dartmouth College. His most recent publications are Franz Ferdinand Lives: A World Without World War I, Constructing Cause in International Relations and, co-authored with Simon Reich, Goodbye Hegemony! Rethinking America's Role in the World (all titles published in 2014).

Peer Schouten is a postdoctoral researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and editor-in-chief of Theory Talks. He works on issues ranging from International Relations Theory to mining-related conflicts in Central Africa.

Hidemi Suganami was Professor of the Philosophy of International Relations at Keele before joining Aberystwyth University in 2004. His major works include The Domestic Analogy and Word Order Proposals (1989); On the Causes of War (1996); and, with Andrew Linklater, The English School of International Relations (2006).

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Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-137-51645-9
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Softcover Book USD 159.99
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Hardcover Book USD 159.99
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