Worldviews and IR Theory: Conquest or coexistence?

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Title Worldviews and IR Theory: Conquest or coexistence?
Author Griffiths, Martin
Book Title International Relations Theory for the Twenty-First Century
Editor Martin Griffiths
Year Published 2007
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The chapter examines the reasons for, and two dominant responses to, the diversity of world views that underpin contemporary international relations (IR) theory. The first response, conquest, opposes diversity and seeks to privilege one particular worldview. The second response, coexistence, is one that finds no good reason to privilege a particular worldview, and attributes a positive value to diversity and pluralism. The chapter distinguishes between two dimensions of a worldview and distinguishes between worldviews and theories. It also provides an historical overview to account for the proliferation of worldviews in the field and the lack of consensus regarding the appropriate criteria for comparing and evaluating the merits of competing worldviews. Finally, the chapter sets out the main arguments associated with conquest and coexistence between worldviews, and defends the case for the latter.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Chapter Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 10
ISBN 978-0-415-38076-8
Date Accessioned 2007-11-21
Date Available 2008-02-14T23:12:03Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute; Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16986
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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