Pragmatism, Realism and the ethics of crisis and transformation in international relations

Molloy, Seán P. (2014) Pragmatism, Realism and the ethics of crisis and transformation in international relations. International Theory, 6 (03). pp. 454-489. ISSN 1752-9719. (doi:10.1017/S1752971914000189) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines Carr’s work in The Twenty Years’ Crisis and Conditions of Peace in the light of an analogy that Carr draws between his work and that of the American pragmatist philosopher, William James. The article argues that one gains a greater understanding of the internal workings of Carr’s most important IR works if one understands him as operating within the pragmatist tradition (as James understood it). A further aim of the paper is to investigate the evolution in Carr’s ethical commitment to peace in The Twenty Years' Crisis and Conditions of Peace as a product of a pragmatist perspective on global politics. The article concludes with a section on how pragmatist Realist ethics complements existing theories of Realist ethics in IR by reference to Richard Ned Lebow’s The Tragic Vision of Politics and Michael C. Williams’ The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1752971914000189
Uncontrolled keywords: E.H. Carr; William James; realist ethics; pragmatism
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Rubrick Biegon
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 12:02 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62990 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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