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The future challenge is often identified with the rise of China or Asia as a whole , which grows from different civilizational backgrounds. All of these challenges question the Western rationality and its ability to manage international affairs. Does it mean anything serious for the emancipation force of the Western Reason which seems to be one of the main assumptions as well as goals in your research?
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Or are these recent challenges too particular in the sense that they distract us from more fundamental problems which are embedded in the modern system of states e. Two points come to mind. There has been a major re-examination of the idea of Western rationality and modernity as part of the reaction against those forms of oppression and violence. The same point probably applies to all cultures or civilizations as they seek to clarify the principles that can enable radically different peoples to live together amicably.
The notion of emancipation often arouses suspicions that it is anchored in some conception of the good life that should be lived by all. That is an understandable concern about the dangers of ethnocentrism and cultural domination. You mentioned a very interesting issue of intercultural learning. Non-Western parts of the world had their specific political traditions whether it was Chinese cosmology, politico-religious tradition of Islam or even some others.
But the question is if non-Western countries are or will be able to change the modern system of states which has been based on the Western modernity. Bull and Watson made major contributions to understanding the revolt against the West and the expansion of international society. As you know, their work was largely concerned with showing how non-Western peoples came to accept European principles of international relations.
As he argued, international society is still dominated by a very small number of Western states although that is now changing. Of course, a great deal has moved on in the period since Bull and Watson produced their study of the expansion of international society. Whether sensitivities to those issues will alter world politics radically is hard to say. Perhaps the question is whether rising centres of power will try to change those realities with a view to improving the circumstances of the poorest sections of world society or adopt a course that suits their interests as major powers.
What from the liberal project will they preserve? What will they shed? It is too early to tell. But the principles of international society are bound to change. Your book The Transformation of Political Community , which is probably your most acknowledged piece, claims that the modern state is a totalizing project which unprecedentedly accumulated political, military and economic sources of power.
This notion of the modern state as a totalizing project overlaps especially with the absolutist states of the 17th and 18th century and the Western states of the 19th century.
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Other authors for example Foucault emphasized that the modern state is totalizing in different ways. Are the contemporary Western states as totalizing as they used to be?
Are they totalizing in a different way? If not and if they provide a higher degree of freedom to their citizens, does it mean anything for overcoming the ethical dilemma of men as men i. Men and Citizens in the Theory of International Relations deals with the tension between the obligations of citizenship and the obligations of humanity in modern theories of the state and international relations.
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