Vico contra Kant: the competing critical theories of Cox and Linklater

Devetak, Richard (2012). Vico contra Kant: the competing critical theories of Cox and Linklater. In Shannon Brincat, Laura Lima and Joao Nunes (Ed.), Critical theory in international relations and security studies : Interviews and reflections (pp. 115-126) New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

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Author Devetak, Richard
Title of chapter Vico contra Kant: the competing critical theories of Cox and Linklater
Title of book Critical theory in international relations and security studies : Interviews and reflections
Place of Publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9780415601573
9780415601580
9780203145494
Editor Shannon Brincat
Laura Lima
Joao Nunes
Chapter number 7
Start page 115
End page 126
Total pages 12
Total chapters 15
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This chapter juxtaposes the work of Robert W Cox and Andrew Linklater. Both are regarded as leading critical theorists of International Relations, as this edited collection attests, but both offer very different accounts of what such a critical international theory might entail. This is largely a result of their contrasting intellectual heritages. Despite sharing a common inheritance from Karl Marx, Linklater and Cox draw upon vastly different literatures. R ather than survey and analyse the full range of similarities and differences in the critical theory programmes elaborated by Linklater and Cox, I shall focus on one aspect: their approach to history. Unlike many other critical international theorists- who tend to limit their temporal horizons to the very recent past, the present and, quite often, distant speculative futures- Lin.klater and Cox both engage seriously with history. However, as we shall see, they adopt very different approaches. Linklater's approach to history is informed and guided primarily by the philosopher of Konigsberg, Immanuel Kant, and Cox's by the Neapolitan professor of rhetoric, Giambattista Vico. The rival understandings of history offered by these two eighteenth-century thinkers lead our twenty-first century thinkers to develop divergent critical theories.[extract]
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