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Encounters: Theory, Difference, and Representations

  • Siba N. Grovogui
Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)

Abstract

The nature, purpose, and scientific ambition of IR come into focus whenever there appears a treatise that aspires to recast the terms of disciplinary debates. The publication of Alexander Wendt’s Social Theory of International Relations triggered these effects.1 While acknowledging the strengths of Wendt’s arguments, I do not wish to engage them here. I am impressed that critics brought into focus several important points about the author’s desire for a uniform meta-theoretical understanding of international relations;2 his insistence on the necessity of a common methodological commitment to empiricism and positivist metaphysics;3 and his undeclared teleology or drive to develop a social science centered principally on the state system.4

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International Relation Moral Order International Order International Morality International Theory 
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