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And while I have reservations about some aspects of postmodernism (discussed in Chapter 6), it is this perspective, particularly its discourse theme, that I consider of most value in this critical (re)introduction to International Relations. 79 Postmodernism: (Re)Introducing International Relations as Discourse The question of reality and realism in postmodernist literature is confronted in terms similar to the (broadly) Hegelian approach of Berki and other critical social theory approaches, including Habermas's Critical Theory.
6. " 7. " 8. Hoffmann, "Delusions of World Order," p. 4. 9. " 10. Lapham, "Apes and Butterflies," p. 9. 11. Ibid. 12. , p. 15. 13. Post, "How the West Lost Bosnia," p. 60. 14. Ibid. 15. Ibid. 16. " 17. Cited in Lapham, "Apes and Butterflies," p. 8. This is in contrast, for example, to the explicit triumphalism of Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man. 18. Cited in Lapham, "Apes and Butterflies," p. 8. THE THEORY AS PRACTICE OF IR 35 19. Ibid. 20. The broad notion of social theory utilized here is best articulated by Giddens in Profiles and Critiques in Social Theory, pp.
It is an arrogance inconsistent with the kind of empirical evidence we have before us. This evidence requires a willingness to face up to the uncertainties of the age, not with the demand for instant solutions, but with a more modest openness to the potentials inherent in what is already going on. 90 It is in this spirit and with these broad principles in mind that this book seeks to reconnect International Relations to the broader flow of contemporary "theoretical" inquiry, for all the "practical" reasons outlined throughout this chapter.