The final podcast lecture in my Spring 2012 SIS-301 “Theories of International Politics” class — and the last podcast of the last time I will teach this class for a while, since I become Associate Dean in a couple of months ad that’s a full-time administrative gig. So, perhaps fitting that the topic of this last podcast lecture is Naeem Inayatullah and David Blaney’s radical reexamination of IR as an enterprise, which raises some fundamental questions about the purpose of IR theory and IR scholarship. Is it science? Is it philosophy? Does it matter? Questions to ponder.
The diagrams we drew on the board in class this week — and, full disclosure, that’s not the first time I have used such diagrams — seemed to need a supplemental lecture of their own, as we gather our thoughts before diving into Hegel for the week after the break. Accordingly, here’s a supplemental lecture on the differences in modes of authority between Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant. Plus some thoughts on universal Reason.