Keeping it real? Kant and systemic approaches to IR – a reply to Harrison

Weber, Martin (2003) Keeping it real? Kant and systemic approaches to IR – a reply to Harrison. Review of International Studies, 29 1: 145-150. doi:10.1017/S0260210503000093

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Author Weber, Martin
Title Keeping it real? Kant and systemic approaches to IR – a reply to Harrison
Journal name Review of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-9044
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0260210503000093
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 145
End page 150
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
160607 International Relations
Abstract Refinements in reception and application of philosophemes in International Relations theory are always welcome, and particularly in cases where distortions abound as the result of selective importation. One such case is, without doubt, the philosophy of I. Kant. Until rather recently, few attempts were made in IR theory to interface the reception of his writings in ‘anthropology, philosophy of history, politics and pedagogy’ with some more holistic appreciation of the philosophical project to which they belong. This tendency alone produces some distortions, which are only amplified by a baffling reluctance to engage the question of the plausibility of this project in the very form given to it by Kant himself. Hardly anything has been written in IR about what problems twentieth century Kant scholarship may raise for a reception practice which proceeds by ‘lifting’ Kant's political writings over into analyses of contemporary international politics. 1 The result is that a plurality of ‘Kantian legacies’ exist in IR theory, and that their respective proponents appear to be talking past each other in addressing different constituencies.
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