Introduction: international political theory as a European theoretical tradition

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This introduction casts International Political Theory (IPT) not as a narrow niche production at the margins of the discipline of International Relations (IR) but rather as a key dimension of theorising international relations that challenges disciplinary, theoretical, method- ological, and geographical boundaries and inseminates other theoretical IR traditions. The chapters in this volume approach IPT as a theoretical tradition that emphasises and interrogates the philosophical, historical, ethical, normative, institutional, and aesthetic dimensions of international relations and world politics. In so doing, they explore IPT as a European theoretical tradition to stress that, paradoxically, it is only by provincial- ising Europe and its intellectual traditions that one may finally appreciate what is truly universal in them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on international political theory in Europe
EditorsVassilios Paipais
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783030772741
ISBN (Print)9783030772734
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameTrends in European IR theory
ISSN (Print)2946-5273
ISSN (Electronic)2946-5281


  • International political theory
  • Europe
  • Theorising international relations
  • Theoretical traditions
  • Interdisciplinarity


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