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Recovering International RelationsThe Promise of Sustainable Critique$
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Daniel Levine

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916061.001.0001

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Sustainable Critique and Critical IR Theory: Against Emancipation

Sustainable Critique and Critical IR Theory: Against Emancipation

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(p.80) 2 Sustainable Critique and Critical IR Theory: Against Emancipation
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Recovering International Relations
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Daniel J. Levine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916061.003.0003

How does sustainable critique differ from other appropriations of Frankfurt school social theory—the focus of “third” and “fourth” debate—into IR? The answer lies in differentiating the work of contemporary Frankfurt school theorists, in particular Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth, from that of their predecessors: Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse. I argue that IR has been too quick to dismiss these earlier scholars. Building on Max Weber’s notion of a constellation and Graham Allison’s classic Essence of Decision, I suggest a basis for their re-consideration.

Keywords:   Adorno, Theodor W, Allison, Graham, Booth, Ken, constellation, Essence of Decision (book), Habermas, Jürgen, Linklater, Andrew, Critical International Relations Theory, Critical Security Studies, Critical Theory, negative dialectics, sustainable critique, Wyn Jones, Richard

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