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Vera And The (Re)Turn To Aesthetics

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This chapter presents the initial observation about Vera and her interests in law and poetry. It examines what has been referred to as the turn to the aesthetic in international relations to try to see if that will shed some light on where we are in the study of international relations and international law today. In order to do that, the chapter looks at several international relations scholars and some of their work on aesthetics, especially Roland Bleiker and Christine Sylvester. The (re)turn to the aesthetic is, as if any work in the social sciences has to be reminded, a return to the importance of culture, such as the work of Fritz Kratochwil and Yosef Lapid. To begin then, the author recognizes that any examination of the aesthetic is to be understood in the context of a rejection of Truth seeking as an objective, technical exercise.

Keywords: Christine Sylvester; Fritz Kratochwil; international law; poetry; Roland Bleiker; Vera Gowlland-Debbas; Yosef Lapid



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