Introduction: Rengger's anti-pelagianism: international political theory as civil conversation

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This chapter introduces the central themes across which Nicholas Rengger made his lasting contribution to the political theory of international relations and the problem of world order: his Augustine-inspired idea of an ‘anti-Pelagian imagination’ favouring a sceptical, non-utopian, anti-perfectionist response to the dilemmas of the contemporary liberal world order; his Oakeshottian argument for a pluralist ‘conversation of mankind’ that would sustain an ethos of civility in world politics; and his critical engagement with the just war tradition as an institution of civil world order.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe civil condition in world politics
Subtitle of host publicationbeyond tragedy and utopianism
EditorsVassilios Paipais
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781529224207
ISBN (Print)9781529224177, 9781529224184
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameBristol studies in international theory


  • Rengger
  • Anti-pelagianism
  • Oakeshott
  • Conversation
  • Civility
  • Just war


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