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All International Theorists Now

ByPeter Lomas

This chapter investigates the best philosophical basis that can be found for a reformed — a normative — international theory. International theory itself relies on what Karen Fierke calls an "intersubjective ontology", implying a domain of shared ideas. In the conventional wisdom of international relations the states system is taken as given, or interpreted anthropologically, as a development from the human past leading seamlessly to a kind of politics of state agents. Normative international theory was forced underground in the Cold War, during which time the danger of human extinction took precedence over everything else. The chapter awaits efforts of similar determination and rigor from the side of international theory. In any case, a disciplinary division of labor on matters of concern to all humankind is a contradiction in terms. The next step forward is a world order, doing for the world as a whole what the legal order in the state has achieved for the state.