Debating IR

Probing the philosophical underpinnings of the international system and anything else of interest.


Friday, April 07, 2006


In our in class discussion of feminism there was some problem determining exactly where it fit into international relations. This is because feminism, unlike say realism, didn't really come out of international relations. Feminism is much broader and it has an interest not just across the social sciences, but also in say biology and related fields.

Because it is so broad, there is often a great deal of dispute within feminism, which makes it even more difficult to try and place it. In general, I am sympathetic to the more radical feminist ideas, because they make us re-examine our presuppositions.


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