By paying attention to love this article offers a grammatical reading of International Relations’ founding grammar of inside/outside as an ethics of encounter. The decision to focus on love is, I suggest, to contend with the possibility that IR may express a lethal politics and ethics. I seek to substantiate this claim through an unsettling reading of neo-Jamesian contributions to the emotional turn. I conclude that the discipline’s founding grammar is an ‘avoidance of love’ and offer a reminder that an alternative way of loving is possible.
- emotional turn, emotions, grammatical reading, love, ethics, Stanley Cavell, Ludwig Wittgenstein.
- grammatical reading
- Stanley Cavell
- Ludwig Wittgenstein