The Anti-Pelagian Imagination in Political Theory and International Relations: Dealing in Darkness.pdf

The Anti-Pelagian Imagination in Political Theory and International Relations: Dealing in Darkness.pdf



This work seeks to draw together some of the key work of the scholar Nicholas Rengger, focusing on the theme of the 'anti-pelagian imagination' in poltiical theory and international relations. Drawing on both unpublished and previously published pieces, Rengger frames the collection with a detailed introduction which sketches out this 'imagination', its origins and character, and puts the essays that follow into context with the work of other theorists.The volume concludes with a short epilogue looking to the future of the anti-pelagian  imagination and the significance it holds today.

Updating and expanding on ideas from throughout his career, this collection will be of great interest to students and scholars of IR theory, political thought and political philisophy.


Nicholas Rengger is Professor of Political Theory and International Relations at St Andrews. He previously taught at Bristol University, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Strathclyde and has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, University of Southern California, and the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at the University Of Nottingham. He is also currrently (2011-2014) a Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York.


Introduction: Varieties of Modern Anti-Pelagianism  1. Darkness Visible? The Modern Crisis and the 'Realist' Response  2. A Double Vision: the curious ambiguities of Hedley Bull  3.  Realism Tamed or Liberalism Betrayed? Dystopic Liberalism and International order  4. The New Realists?The Ironies of Anti-Pelagian Pessimism  5. Nietzsche or Augustine? The Dissonances of William Connolly's Agonistic Pluralism  6. The Perfect Nihilist? Leo Strauss and the Theologic-Political problem  7.  Eric Voegelin and the Unity of Humankind  8. On Theology and International relations: World POlitics Beyond the Empty Sky  9. Tragedy or Scepticism? Two versions of Modern Anti-Pelagianism  10. The Ant-Pelagian Imagination in the twenty first century.


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