Post Tagged with: "political theory"

Review Feature – One Family, One Destiny

Review Feature – One Family, One Destiny

This feature examines two books that explore universalised human nature and political action, and deftly illuminate the epistemological lineages of the modern world.

Karl Mannheim’s Sociology of Political Knowledge

Karl Mannheim’s Sociology of Political Knowledge

What does Mannheim actually mean by saying that certain modes of thought need to be understood in terms of their social origin, and why and how does that really matter for political theory?

Review – Reforming Democracies

Review – Reforming Democracies

Douglas Chalmers’ analysis seeks to look in new places to propose a reform agenda that is focused on an entirely different set of processes than scholars have traditionally covered.

What Will They Do Tomorrow? Post-apocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract

What Will They Do Tomorrow? Post-apocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract

In creating states of nature, the postapocalyptic narrative acknowledges that we decide how to live together and the kinds of rules we might choose.

Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State

Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State

The two forms of nonviolent political action; civil resistance and transformative nonviolence, have different attitudes towards the state. Civil resistance enhances state institutions whilst transformative nonviolence aims for new forms of social and political organisation.

The Technocratic Turn in the Phases of International AIDS Politics

The Technocratic Turn in the Phases of International AIDS Politics

The technocratic turn may sideline politics in a way that ignores the tensions between actors, individuals, and structures of power that are vital to making the science both work and available to those who need it most.

Agonism in International Relations?

Agonism in International Relations?

Agonistic theory teaches us that politics is not out there set, fixed and closed, calling for institutional blueprints that would give solutions to ‘real’ problems. But it is collectively constructed, contingent, and incomplete.

Political Feasibility

Political Feasibility

The notion of political feasibility is a complex one and has a sharp contrast with the fundamental idea of ideal theory – which tends to sideline all issues of feasibility in order to focus on the question of desirability.

A Realist Revival

A Realist Revival

While IR has grown far beyond its boundaries, the plurality of what we refer to as “international relations” has changed so dramatically that it is difficult for students to decide exactly where they should fall on the spectrum.

Why is political theory still relevant?

Why is political theory still relevant?

It can’t be that everyone once considered political theory relevant and now finds it irrelevant, based on mysterious facts about today’s world. Practical men and women have always favoured action over thought. Long ago, Aristotle said that political activists find philosophers contemptible. So these questions are hardly innocent: they put political theory on the defensive. How should political theorists respond?

A hectic season for IR junkies

This is a hectic season for IR junkies – another American-led war, several new African catastrophes, another crisis over the Euro, and (perhaps, best of all) the return of the nuclear issue. As these have arisen I’ve been wondering what kind of a creature IR is in the aftermath of […]

Why Political Theory is Still Relevant and How it can Help Us Understand the World of Today

Why Political Theory is Still Relevant and How it can Help Us Understand the World of Today

The principal reason for taking political philosophy seriously is not its possible relevance to contingent events in the world but simply its capacity to open up intellectual space for human beings to do something that’s part and parcel of their humanity, reflecting on what actually defines a fully human existence.