Richard Devetak
University of Queensland
Publications 78
#1Richard DevetakH-Index: 10
Whether inspired by the Frankfurt School or Antonio Gramsci, the impact of critical theory on the study of international relations has grown considerably since its advent in the early 1980s. This book offers the first intellectual history of critical international theory. Richard Devetak approaches this history by locating its emergence in the rising prestige of theory and the theoretical persona. As theory's prestige rose in the discipline of international relations it opened the way for normat...
#1Tim Dunne (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 19
#2Richard Devetak (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 10
In this contribution to the forum marking the publication of Andrew Linklater's remarkable book on Violence and Civilization in the Western States-Systems we first locate the book in the context of Linklater's overarching intellectual journey. While best known for his contribution to a critical international theory, it is through his engagement with Martin Wight's comparative sociology of states-systems that Linklater found resonances with the work of process sociologist, Norbert Elias. Integrat...
There is an expectation today that International Relations (IR) theory ought to engage with philosophy as a meta-knowledge capable of grounding and legitimizing knowledge claims in the discipline. Two assumptions seem to lie behind this expectation: first, that only philosophy can supply the necessary meta-theoretical grounding needed; second, that theory is inherently a philosophical register of knowledge. This article treats these assumptions with scepticism. While not denying philosophy's con...
#1Richard Devetak (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 10
#2Ryan Walter (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 3
Robert Cox developed a potent approach to studying world orders that is premised on the capacities of a special intellectual, the critical theorist, to discern social structures and the possibilities for their radical change in the future. While acknowledging the ethical appeal of adopting this intellectual persona, in this paper we are concerned with the style of historiography that it requires. In particular, we argue that the imperative to discover and foster the beginnings of social change l...