© 2013

The Vulnerable Subject

Beyond Rationalism in International Relations

  • Amanda Russell Beattie
  • Kate Schick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Amanda Russell Beattie, Kate Schick
      Pages 1-21
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 204-212

About this book


This book develops a concept of vulnerability in International Relations that allows for a profound rethinking of a core concept of international politics: means-ends rationality. It explores traditions that proffer a more complex and relational account of vulnerability.


foreign policy international politics international relations morality natural law Policy politics trust

Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Russell Beattie
    • 1
  • Kate Schick
    • 2
  1. 1.Aston UniversityUK
  2. 2.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

About the editors

EARL GAMMON Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK KIMBERLY HUTCHINGS Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, UK TORSTEN MICHEL Lecturer in International Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol, UK RYOKO NAKANO Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore ROBBIE SHILLIAM Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, UK BRENT J. STEELE Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Kansas, USA

Bibliographic information


'The Vulnerable Subject is a wonderful book. The volume's editors have assembled a

collection of essays that collectively take the reader beyond now-familiar critiques

not only of mainstream 'explanatory' IR theory, but also of rationalist normative

theory. Eschewing well-worn oppositions and dichotomies, the authors challenge us

to consider the implications of 'the vulnerable subject' in a wide range of theoretical

and empirical positions related to global politics. If you teach or research in international

relations or moral and political philosophy, this book may change the way

you think about ethics, politics, your 'subject' and your self.'

Fiona Robinson, Professor of Political Science, Carleton University, Canada