Overview[ edit ] Critical theory German: Critical Theory is a social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society as a whole, in contrast to traditional theory oriented only to understanding or explaining it. Horkheimer wanted to distinguish critical theory as a radical, emancipatory form of Marxian theory, critiquing both the model of science put forward by logical positivism and what he and his colleagues saw as the covert positivism and authoritarianism of orthodox Marxism and Communism.
From regional security complexes to the English School approach to IR as being about international society, and from hegemony to securitization: It is therefore an honor for Theory Talks to present this comprehensive Talk with professor Buzan. In this Talk, Buzan — amongst others — discusses theory as thinking-tools, describes the contemporary regionalization of international society, and sketches an English School map of the world.
I think the biggest challenge is a dual one, namely, to reconnect international relations with world history and sociology. First, why connect IR to world history?
How has this grown? How we understand current international relations through that statist lens is simply not supported by much of world history, neither when you go back in European history nor if you look at other places in the world.
So by confronting IR with world history, we can re-think many of the limitations of the theoretical underpinnings that now structure our understanding of the world.
One can then ask the second question: The answer to that question is a little more complex, but fundamentally rests on the premise adopted, for instance, by the English School of international society.
If you adopt the notion that international society is the point of focus rather than international politics as limited to states, then a sociological outlook seems the most apt thinking tool, rather than the statist perspective of IR.
Yet sociologists—with one or two exceptions—have not occupied the territory of international society, nor have IR scholars generally attempted to build upon a sociological outlook to international relations. Since I see these two challenges connecting IR to history and to sociology as central, my work has gravitated increasingly towards the English School which builds on the work of, for instance, Hedley Bull over the last fifteen years or so, because that seems to be a good place to construct such a meeting ground.
How did you arrive at where you currently are in IR? I guess my early childhood is really where it started: I had this typical boyish interest in war and weapons, which as I grew a little older began to mutate into an interest in history.
I was particularly influenced by reading H. The synoptic vision of history, and the willingness to take on the entire story of history in one volume, made an impression that never left me.
What I think makes my journey distinct, is that as well as writing as a single author, I have co-authored with an unusually high number of people—by now, it must be a dozen or more, some becoming deep and longstanding partnerships, with such people as Ole Waever, Richard Little, and more recently with Lene Hansen and Mathias Albert.
So in a sense, I consider my co-authorship to be not my own but rather that of this third person. You have to find a core on which both authors agree and take that as a point of departure, setting aside the differences you might—and will—have.
And that core will be different each time. Yet to be able to do that, think outside of your own limited thinking, was immensely challenging and stimulating. What would a student need to become a specialist in IR or understand the world in a global way?
IR is a huge field and there are many different ways into it, requiring different skills from mathematics to linguistics. Yet what all students would need is an analytical capability of a high level, and a well-focused topic—possessing that, they are bound to teach us something of interest.New Criticism.
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