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dc.contributor.authorPaipais, Vassilios
dc.identifier.citationPaipais , V 2011 , ' Self and other in critical international theory : assimilation, incommensurability and the paradox of critique ' , Review of International Studies , vol. 37 , no. 1 , pp. 121-140 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article is principally concerned with the way some sophisticated critical approaches in International Relations (TR) tend to compromise their critical edge in their engagement with the self/other problematique. Critical approaches that understand critique as total non-violence towards, or unreflective affirmation of, alterity risk falling back into precritical paths. That is, either a particularistic, assimilative universalism with pretensions of true universality or a radical incommensurability and the impossibility of communication with the other. This is what this article understands as the paradox of the politics of critique. Instead, what is more important than seeking a final overcoming or dismissal of the self/other opposition is to gain the insight that it is the perpetual striving to preserve the tension and ambivalence between self and other that rescues both critique's authority and function.
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dc.subjectJC Political theoryen
dc.titleSelf and other in critical international theory : assimilation, incommensurability and the paradox of critiqueen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of International Relationsen
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