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Recovering International RelationsThe Promise of Sustainable Critique$
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Daniel Levine

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916061.001.0001

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Sustainable Critique and the Lost Vocation of International Relations

Sustainable Critique and the Lost Vocation of International Relations

(p.1) Introduction Sustainable Critique and the Lost Vocation of International Relations
Recovering International Relations

Daniel J. Levine

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops the themes of the book along the lines discussed above: its goals, and the key concepts it advances to achieve them. It sets out the longstanding challenge of sustainable critique in light of the problem of reification. It also surveys the effects of reification across eight decades of IR scholarship, framing and summarizing the case studies undertaken in Chapters 3-5.

Keywords:   “American School” IR theory, animus habitandi, chastened reason, critique, fact-value tradition, Hoffmann, Stanley, methodology, paradigms, reflexivity, reification, sustainable critique, Weber, Max

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