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Lundborg, Tom
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Lundborg, T. (2019). The Ethics of Neorealism: Waltz and the Time of International Life. European Journal of International Relations, 25(1), 229-249
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Ethics of Neorealism: Waltz and the Time of International Life
2019 (English)In: European Journal of International Relations, ISSN 1354-0661, E-ISSN 1460-3713, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 229-249Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the question of what it means to think of a distinctly international ethics by developing a radical reinterpretation of Waltzian neorealism from a Derridean deconstructive perspective. The core argument of the article is that Derridean deconstruction effectively explains why there is an ethics of neorealism in the first place, and why this ethics cannot be easily overcome. Underpinning this argument is a notion in Derrida’s philosophy of survival as an unconditional affirmation of life, which finds an equivalent in Waltz’s theory of international life in the anarchic system. On this basis, I claim that Waltz’s theory is ethical, not despite its focus on the structural conditions of survival, but precisely because of it. Moreover, the article shows how this notion of ethics renders universal ethical ideals, beyond relations of violence, not only impossible, but undesirable. They are undesirable because to actually fulfil them would be to undermine the conditions that make international life possible in the first place. In this way, various attempts to theorize the meaning and implications of international ethics that hold on to the notion of ethical ideals beyond relations of violence become untenable. Instead of aspiring towards such ideals, the article concludes, international ethics should be thought of as an unconditional affirmation of the incalculable future that structures international life and inevitably exposes it to the worst forms of destruction, but also enables the making of responsible decisions.

Keywords
Derrida, international ethics, neorealism, survival, time, Waltz
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7284 (URN)10.1177/1354066118760990 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2019-03-27Bibliographically approved
Lundborg, T. (2016). The Limits of Historical Sociology: Temporal Borders and the Reproduction of the "Modern" Political Present. European Journal of International Relations, 22(1), 99-121
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Limits of Historical Sociology: Temporal Borders and the Reproduction of the "Modern" Political Present
2016 (English)In: European Journal of International Relations, ISSN 1354-0661, E-ISSN 1460-3713, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 99-121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article develops a poststructuralist critique of the historical sociology of International Relations project. While the historical sociology of International Relations project claims to offer a more nuanced understanding of the state and the international, this article argues that it lacks critical reflection on the notion of a common ground on which ‘history’ and ‘sociology’ can successfully be combined. In order to problematize this ‘ground’, the article turns to Jacques Derrida’s critique of attempts to solve the history–structure dichotomy by finding a perfect combination of historicist and structuralist modes of explanation. Exploring the implications of Derrida’s critique, the article considers how the combination of ‘history’ and ‘sociology’ can be linked to a sovereign politics of time, which reaffirms rather than challenges the limits of the ‘modern’ political present and its relationship to the past, as well as the future. In response, it is suggested that a more radical critique is needed, one that seeks to disrupt the ‘modern’ political present and the contingent ground on which it rests.

Keywords
Derrida, history, poststructuralism, sociology, sovereignty, time
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6092 (URN)10.1177/1354066115575399 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-04-20 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2019-04-15Bibliographically approved
Lundborg, T. (2016). The Virtualization of Security: Philosophies of Capture and Resistance in Baudrillard, Agamben and Deleuze. Security Dialogue, 47(3), 255-270
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Virtualization of Security: Philosophies of Capture and Resistance in Baudrillard, Agamben and Deleuze
2016 (English)In: Security Dialogue, ISSN 0967-0106, E-ISSN 1460-3640, Vol. 47, no 3, p. 255-270Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The virtual has during the last couple of decades emerged as a forceful conceptual tool in security studies. While used primarily in order to question assumptions about an objective truth concerning the meaning and value of security and different forms of insecurity, the implications of drawing on this concept vary considerably depending on how the virtual is conceptualized, and specifically how the potentiality of the virtual is linked to the process of actualization. Turning to the philosophies of Baudrillard, Agamben and Deleuze, as well as key thinkers in contemporary security studies, this article delineates three different approaches to analysing the virtualization of security. Focusing in particular on how these approaches point to contending views of ‘capture’ and ‘resistance’, it is argued that the choice of approach has serious implications for grasping what is at stake politically in the process of virtualization. These implications relate, more precisely, to how the virtual opens up and/or closes down the spaces of resistance that the modern subject of security traditionally has relied upon. In this way, the virtualization of security is not only important for thinking about capture and resistance, but challenges the very ground on which the modern subject of security rests.

Keywords
Agamben, Baudrillard, Deleuze, potentiality, security, virtual
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6480 (URN)10.1177/0967010615625474 (DOI)000379178300008 ()
Projects
Time and discourses of global politics
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2018-07-23Bibliographically approved
Lundborg, T. (2016). Time. In: Ní Mhurchú, Aoileann; Shindo, Reiko (Ed.), Critical imaginations in international relations: (pp. 262-276). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Time
2016 (English)In: Critical imaginations in international relations / [ed] Ní Mhurchú, Aoileann; Shindo, Reiko, London: Routledge, 2016, p. 262-276Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The discipline of international relations (IR) is traditionally concerned with the spatial dimension of politics and the territorial borders of states. This chapter focuses on a point for thinking about time and IR: the relationship between time and space. It considers the work that history does as a technique and a practice of inscribing borders in time', which are used in order to separate the past from the present and the future. The chapter explores some recent attempts to explore what these other experiences of time might refer to and how they manifest themselves in contemporary world politics. Assumptions of time play a crucial role in IR not least because they help constitute ideas about the temporality of international politics and the temporal direction in which interstate relations are heading. One prominent example of how to think the political significance of time beyond the limits of IR is James Der Derian's book Antidiplomacy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2016
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8509 (URN)9781138823198 (ISBN)9781138823204 (ISBN)9781315742168 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-04-15 Created: 2019-04-15 Last updated: 2019-04-15Bibliographically approved
Hagström, L. & Lundborg, T. (2015). Nato-förespråkarnas argumentation alltför förenklad. Dagens nyheter, 06-12
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nato-förespråkarnas argumentation alltför förenklad
2015 (Swedish)In: Dagens nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, Vol. 06-12, p. 1Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Publisher
p. 1
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5760 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved
Hagström, L. & Lundborg, T. (2015). Natomedlemskap gör Sverige mindre säkert. Dagens nyheter, 06-09
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Natomedlemskap gör Sverige mindre säkert
2015 (Swedish)In: Dagens nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, Vol. 06-09, p. 1Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Publisher
p. 1
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5761 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved
Lundborg, T. & Vaughan-Williams, N. (2015). New Materialisms, Discourse Analysis, and International Relations: A Radical Intertextual Approach. Review of International Studies, 41(1), 3-25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Materialisms, Discourse Analysis, and International Relations: A Radical Intertextual Approach
2015 (English)In: Review of International Studies, ISSN 0260-2105, E-ISSN 1469-9044, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 3-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the recent ‘New Materialisms’ turn in social and political thought and asks what the potential theoretical and methodological significance might be for the study of International Relations (IR). To do so we return to debates about the theoretical status of discourse in IR as it is in this context that the question of materiality – particularly as it relates to language – has featured prominently in recent years. While the concept of discourse is increasingly narrow in IR, the ‘New Materialisms’ literature emphasises the political force of materiality beyond language and representation. However, a move to reprioritise the politics of materiality over that of language and representation is equally problematic since it perpetuates rather than challenges the notion of a prior distinction between language and materiality. In response, we draw on earlier poststructural thought in order to displace this dichotomy and articulate an extended understanding of what analysing ‘discourse’ might mean in the study of IR.

National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7283 (URN)10.1017/S0260210514000163 (DOI)000346186300002 ()
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved

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