The critical theorist's labour: empirical or philosophical historiography for international relations?

Devetak, Richard and Walter, Ryan (2016) The critical theorist's labour: empirical or philosophical historiography for international relations?. Globalizations, 13 5: 1-12. doi:10.1080/14747731.2015.1133527


Author Devetak, Richard
Walter, Ryan
Title The critical theorist's labour: empirical or philosophical historiography for international relations?
Journal name Globalizations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-774X
1474-7731
Publication date 2016-01-19
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14747731.2015.1133527
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 13
Issue 5
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Robert Cox developed a potent approach to studying world orders that is premised on the capacities of a special intellectual, the critical theorist, to discern social structures and the possibilities for their radical change in the future. While acknowledging the ethical appeal of adopting this intellectual persona, in this paper we are concerned with the style of historiography that it requires. In particular, we argue that the imperative to discover and foster the beginnings of social change leads to a version of philosophical history that will likely produce systematic anachronism. This is not uncommon in the discipline of International Relations, but in the case of Cox it stands in tension with some of his avowed intellectual sources, especially the work of Giambattista Vico, and with the aim of providing critical historical perspective on the present. We argue that Vico stands as an example of an alternative historical-empirical line of research that would better serve Coxian ambitions.
Keyword Cox
historiography
liberalism
Smith
Vico
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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