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The Concept of Truth in International Relations Theory

Critical Thought Beyond Post-Positivism

Authors: Fluck, Matthew

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    • Provides a systematic account of the way ideas about truth have shaped radical political theories 
    • Develops a unique framework to describe this tradition
    • Utilises Adorno’s theory of truth as connected to objective particularity and as a response to suffering and a basis for thinking about a better world
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This book charts the role played by conceptions of truth in the development of a critical tradition of International Relations theory. Providing a detailed account of the conceptions which have shaped the work of Critical Theorists and Poststructuralists, the book reaffirms the importance of epistemic reflection for the discipline. It argues that the partially abstract character of the main strands of critical IR arises not from their concern with epistemic matters, but from their insistence that truth is purely intersubjective. Drawing on the philosophy of Theodor Adorno, the book argues that IR’s critical tradition can be rejuvenated by combining its original politicisation of truth with a critical account of its ‘objectivity’. The book will be a valuable resource for scholars and graduate students interested in the future of critical International Relations theory.

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Matthew Fluck is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Westminster, UK.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Concept of Truth in International Relations Theory
Book Subtitle
Critical Thought Beyond Post-Positivism
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55033-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55033-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55032-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 247
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