IR as Practical Philosophy: Defining a 'Classical Approach'

Shapcott, R. T. L. (2004) IR as Practical Philosophy: Defining a 'Classical Approach'. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 6 3: 271-291. doi:10.1111/j.1467-856X.2004.00140.x

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Author Shapcott, R. T. L.
Title IR as Practical Philosophy: Defining a 'Classical Approach'
Journal name The British Journal of Politics and International Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1369-1481
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2004.00140.x
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 271
End page 291
Total pages 21
Editor C. Pierson
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
360100 Political Science
Abstract This article addresses the centrality of normativity to IR (International Relations) by engaging in an investigation of the meaning of a 'classical' approach (Bull 1969). It demonstrates how a classical approach, properly understood, might provide common ground for IR theorists. The substantive argument is that IR can benefit from reflection on the classical understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, and in particular on the understanding of this relationship provided by philosophical hermeneutics. Philosophical hermeneutics is an approach to the human sciences informed by Aristotle's conception of a practical philosophy. A practical philosophy in the classical sense sees theory as a moral and political inquiry involving a body of knowledge and a philosophy of practice engaging in reflection upon the nature of the good life and the means to achieve it.
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