Intending the World
A Phenomenology of International Affairs
By (author) Ralph Pettman
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Intending the World by Ralph Pettman
Book DescriptionHow we look at the world is informed mainly by our assumptions and the ways in which we rationalise them. Seldom do we rely - or allow ourselves to rely - on 'gut thinking' or intuition. Intending the World shows how rationalism, which is our primary approach in thinking about world affairs, is in crisis. By studying the world rationalistically, we objectify it and we look at it as detached from ourselves. But in doing so, we cease to see that we are using a perspective that limits as well as enlightens. In a disciplinary first, Ralph Pettman provides an account of twenty-first century international relations in terms of phenomenology - one of the main philosophical attempts to compensate for these limits. He explores how this re-embedded use of reason can successfully describe and explain world affairs in ways unused by rationalists. Intending the World follows the lead of the German philosopher Edmund Husserl. It looks at the world not only in terms of things-in-themselves, but also in terms of why it is we keep willing the world the way we do.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780522855326
(210mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Academic Monographs
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Ralph Pettman
Reason, Culture, Religion, Hardback (April 2004)
Provides a systematic overview of the study of world politics. The author then locates modernist world politics in it sacral context by discussing Taoist strategics, Buddhist economics, Islamic civics, Confucian Marxism, Hindu constructivism and more.
Commonsense Constructivism, or the Making of World Affairs, Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by Ralph Pettman
Introduces the constructivist approach to understanding world affairs. The author shows how narrow the standard approaches are and how much we miss as a consequence. His conceptual framework for state making, self making and mind making seeks to put notions such as "globalization" in a new light.
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Author Biography - Ralph Pettman
Ralph Pettman is Director of the Master of International Politics program at the University of Melbourne. He has held teaching and research appointments at several prestigious universities including Princeton University, the University of Sydney and Cambridge University, and also worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the ABC. He is the author of several books, including World Politics- rationalism and beyond.
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