Critical Realism and Truth-Based Critique
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This chapter considers the implications of Critical Realist theories of truth for International Relations (IR). Realists confirm that there is a problematic elevation of subjectivity and intersubjectivity, or ‘anthropocentrism’, underlying Post-Positivist accounts of truth. At the same time, they wrongly assert that recognition of the objective aspect of truth removes the need to consider the constitutive relationship between truth and politics. Thus, whilst the intersubjective conception of truth should be rejected, the questions of the critical epistemological problematic must still be addressed.