Dialectics and Transformation: Exploring the International Theory of E. H. Carr

Molloy, Sean P (2003) Dialectics and Transformation: Exploring the International Theory of E. H. Carr. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 17 (2). pp. 279-306. ISSN 0891-4486. (doi:10.1023/B:IJPS.0000002998.70236.a0) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines the appeal of Carr's theory of international relations, which has enjoyed a longevity matched by few other bodies of work in a discipline characterised by faddism. I attribute Carr's success as an international theorist to his subtle use of philosophy, history, and political theory. Carr's holistic and interdisciplinary approach achieves its best expression in his employment of a critical dialectics of international theory in The Twenty Years' Crisis. The article does not confine itself to this element of Carr's writings as I also examine several works, such as The Future of Nations. Independence or Interdependence?, Conditions of Peace, and Nationalism and After,that consider the transformation of the international society. The latter works also employ a dialectic of power and morality in order to envision a world very different from the international system that Carr observed, an international order that approximates the emerging relations among states at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The article concludes with an examination of the role relativism played in Carr's theory scheme and the extent to which his dialectics of utopianism and realism is an important precursor of critical and postmodern theories of international relations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1023/B:IJPS.0000002998.70236.a0
Uncontrolled keywords: E.H. Carr, international relations, realism, utopianism, dialectics, relativism
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Sean Molloy
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 17:10 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72067 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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