2018
DOI: 10.1177/1354066118760990
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The ethics of neorealism: Waltz and the time of international life

Abstract: This article addresses the question of what it means to think of a distinctly international ethics by developing a radical reinterpretation of Waltzian neorealism from a Derridean deconstructive perspective. The core argument of the article is that Derridean deconstruction effectively explains why there is an ethics of neorealism in the first place, and why this ethics cannot be easily overcome. Underpinning this argument is a notion in Derrida’s philosophy of survival as an unconditional affirmation of life, … Show more

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“…Waltz adopts a "scientific" outlook in treating the anarchical structural conditions as a stimulus behind the functional similarity of the states: all states follow the moral principle of survival. But this moral principle of survival makes sense only in anarchical structural conditions ridden with violence: even for Waltz, the abstract universal ideals beyond relations of violence become untenable/undesirable (Lundborg 2018).…”
Section: The Amor Al Ro Ot S Of Political Realism In Euro Centric Irmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Waltz adopts a "scientific" outlook in treating the anarchical structural conditions as a stimulus behind the functional similarity of the states: all states follow the moral principle of survival. But this moral principle of survival makes sense only in anarchical structural conditions ridden with violence: even for Waltz, the abstract universal ideals beyond relations of violence become untenable/undesirable (Lundborg 2018).…”
Section: The Amor Al Ro Ot S Of Political Realism In Euro Centric Irmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Most states have no power to change the structure. States will try to balance against each other because they will increase their chance of survival [3]. This paper will analyze the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) through Waltz's definition of neorealism.…”
Section: Neorealismmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…. Survival dominates other motives because, once a state is conquered, it is unlikely to be in a position to pursue other aims.” Critical interpretations of the paradigm observe that the “temporal horizon of neorealism” is limited by the possibility of catastrophic great power war (Lundborg, 2019: 244).…”
Section: Time Power and Ir Theorymentioning
confidence: 99%