Truth, Violence, and Difference
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This chapter considers Poststructuralist Veriphobia through the lens of David Campbell’s National Deconstruction and the deconstructionist philosophy upon which it draws. Demonstrating the extent to which Poststructuralist IR addresses political questions associated with ‘difference’ by reflecting on the nature of truth, the chapter considers the limits of this Veriphobia. Despite important insights into the links between truth and violence, Campbell’s rejection of truth depends on an implicit claim to philosophical insight into the quasi-transcendental preconditions of knowledge and truth. This undermines his attempts to formulate an international theory sensitive to difference and reveals the wider problems with Poststructuralist accounts of truth in the discipline.