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From serpents and doves to the war on teleocracy

Brown, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-3478-7246 (2020) From serpents and doves to the war on teleocracy. International Relations, 34 (4). 616 - 620. ISSN 1741-2862

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In one of his earliest papers, ‘Serpents and Doves in Classical International Theory’ (1988), Nick Rengger set out themes that would be important to him for the next thirty years, including a Rortyan/Oakeshottian commitment to conversation as the appropriate mode of human inquiry, with the premise that there is no truth to be discovered, and a healthy scepticism directed towards reformist projects in international relations. These themes are present in his final works on just war and the anti-Pelagian imagination, but in a new, and less attractive, more dogmatic form. His critique of ‘teleocracy’ had hardened into something that no longer resembled a conversation, and his critique of progressivism involved the burning of a multitude of straw men. In 1988 Rengger aspired to be one of Rorty’s ‘edifying’ philosophers, by 2018 he seemed to have become committed to a system.

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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 15:21
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:12

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