Is there a Chinese approach to International Relations (IR) theory? An article by our phd-candidate Bettina Hückel in the magazine diskurs.
News from Feb 04, 2013
This paper analyses Zhao Tingyang’s (2009) approach to construct a theory of International Relations (IR) with Chinese characteristics. His approach is one of many recent attempts to incorporate a notion of Chi- neseness into theory-building. Drawing on ancient Chinese philosophy, his approach is built on the ancient Chinese tributary system called Tian- Xia (Chinese for All-under-heaven, essentially referring to all humans on earth). Zhao’s Tian-Xia system will be analysed from a meta-theoretical perspective by analyzing key components of philosophy of science cri- teria inherent in his proposed meta-theory of IR.The components and their underlying ontological assumptions are then compared with West- ern theories of IR. It is concluded that Zhao’s approach provides valuable insights and new perspectives, especially in terms of a differing notion of ontology that does away with the limitations of a Western dualistic worldview and may be food for thought in dealing with contemporary challenges of the globalized world system.
Read the full article in the magazine dis.kurs here.