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Global Political Thinkers

Kautilya and Non-Western IR Theory

Authors: Shahi, Deepshikha

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  • Analyses Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra as a significant work of non-Western IR theory
  • Rejects the dominant Classical Realist/Neorealist readings of Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra
  • Exposes the extra-Political Realist elements of Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra, placing it as a work of ‘Political Realism between realpolitik and moralpolitik’
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The ancient Indian text of Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra comes forth as a valuable non-Western resource for understanding contemporary International Relations (IR). However, Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra largely suffers from the problem of ‘presentism’, whereby present-day assumptions of the dominant theoretical models of Classical Realism and Neorealism are read back into it, thereby disrupting open reflections on Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra which could retrieve its ‘alternative assumptions’ and ‘unconventional traits’. This book attempts to enable Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra to break free from the problem of presentism – it does so by juxtaposing the elements of continuity and change that showed up at different junctures of the life-history of both ‘Kautilya’s Arthaśāstra’ and ‘Eurocentric IR’. The overall exploratory venture leads to a Kautilyan non-Western eclectic theory of IR – a theory which moderately assimilates miscellaneous research traditions of Eurocentric IR, and, in addition, delivers a few innovative features that could potentially uplift not only Indian IR, but also Global IR.

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Deepshikha Shahi is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi, India. She previously studied at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research/Käte Hamburger-Kolleg, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She is the author of Advaita as a Global International Relations Theory.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kautilya and Non-Western IR Theory
Authors
Series Title
Global Political Thinkers
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01728-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01728-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01727-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-13191-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 167
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