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Tradition

  • Alexander Astrov

Abstract

The task now is to relate Oakeshott’s analysis of human conduct to that of international society so as to arrive at an idea of world politics. The classical approach, while enlisting the support of Oakeshott for the defence of its version of international society against the international system of rationalism, also distances itself from the ‘critical’ investigations of world society. In so doing, it appeals to Oakeshott’s rejection of cosmopolitanism. However, cosmopolitan options are not exhausted by the idea of a global state. An idea of tradition compatible with Oakeshott’s analysis may be, first, much more ‘critical’ than the classics would have it, and second, may be interpreted as a kind of world society.

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International Society Classical Approach International Relation International System Public Reasoning 
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Notes

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© Alexander Astrov 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Astrov
    • 1
  1. 1.Central European UniversityHungary

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