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Imposing coherence: the central role of practice in Friedrich Kratochwil’s theorising of politics, international relations and science
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2010 (English)In: Journal of International Relations and Development, ISSN 1408-6980, E-ISSN 1581-1980, Vol. 13, no 3, 301-322 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Kratochwil stands out as one of those very few thinkers in international relations (IR) shose wolrk tries to understand the implications of thinking assumptions about ontology, social theory, and scientific discovery (and, indeed, ethics) in parallel. The present article reconstructs the thought of Friedrich Kratochwil to exemplify the necessary coherence of thought from politics to science to ethics, a project which is truly important for the development of theorising in IR. And at the same time, it uses this reconstruction of his multi-layered coherence for portraying a significantly different understanding of a central thinker in IR. For my reconstruction presents this very quest for coherence as Kratochwil’s underlying theme and the role of practice as the bridge between the different layers of his theorising. As a result, for him, there cannot be Realpolitik without politics, theory without reflexivity, science without judgement, or ethics without a humanist sense of responsibility.

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London: Palgrave Macmillan , 2010. Vol. 13, no 3, 301-322 p.
Keyword [en]
constructivism, IR-theory, Kratochwil, practice
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-130035DOI: 10.1057/jird.2010.11ISI: 000281170200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-130035DiVA: diva2:345933
Available from: 2013-02-21 Created: 2010-08-28 Last updated: 2013-02-21Bibliographically approved

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