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Korhonen, Situationality And “The Cave”

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This chapter details with the work of Outi Korhonen, a scholar who has picked up from Koskenniemi in a manner perhaps more in keeping with the author's overall project: to attempt to suggest what might be left if we take post-foundationalism as applicable &t;all the way down&t;. The main focus is on her article &t;New International Law: Silence, Defence or Deliverance. Korhonen identifies three different types of reaction to the contradictions uncovered by the new stream, three different ways of responding to the critical challenge to international law: silence, the fortress and the cave. Before discussing these, the chapter gives a brief outline of the three central concepts upon which she relies in the construction of her theory: situationality, tekhne and phronesis. It is, Korhonen tells us, in the cave that the duality between tekhne and phronesis breaks, and the two can at last come together in harmony.

Keywords: cave; fortress; Outi Korhonen; phronesis; silence; situationality; tekhne



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