The vulnerable subject: beyond rationalism in international relations

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International Relations remains faithful to its rationalist roots focusing on instrumental forms of power and authority to address global problems and, in the process, fail to acknowledge a sense of vulnerability permeating the global community. This book challenges such assumptions establishing an account of international politics that draws on the ethical assumptions of agonism. it highlights the inherent struggle associated with individual and community based engagement to address this struggle. While it does not offer one single mode of engagement to overcome vulnerability per se, it hopes to elicit a series of reactions, on the part of the reader, provoking grater reflection on the nature of such shared vulnerabilities thereby challenging the dominance of rationalist assumptions.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke (UK)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781137292148
ISBN (Print)978-0-230-29346-5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2012


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