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This booklet outlines an concept of global politics as pondering and talking in regards to the stipulations of worldwide order. international order is known no longer as an association of entities yet a fancy of variously positioned actions performed by way of participants as contributors of numerous institutions in their personal. inside modern diplomacy it includes a theoretical place, neotraditionalism, as a reformulation of the preliminary ''traditionalist'' procedure within the wake of rationalism and next reflectivist critique.

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Appealing to ‘that love of moderation which has as frequently been fatal to English philosophy as it has been favourable to English politics’, irrelevance masquerading as a compromise increases, instead of mitigating, the errors of extremes (EIM 196–7). The horns of the Bradlean dilemma can be escaped by a radical philosophical move re-establishing the totality of experience. Reality is experience and nothing but experience. Experience is the world of ideas marked with unity and self-completeness.

As in Oakeshott’s account of the state itself, international order may be understood as a societas cum universitas, in which international system and international society have settled themselves historically in ever changing proportions. In this constellation, international system has little to offer beyond the promise of an ever more efficient use and control of the natural world and humankind. Not least because use and control is what is expected from it by humankind, so that one day international system itself may be abandoned for the sake of a more useful (and also more controlling) instrument.

Civilizations die and are born not with waving of flags or the noise of machine-guns in the streets, but in the dark, in the stillness, when no one is aware of it. It never gets into the papers. Long afterwards, a few people, looking back, begin to see that it has happened. Then let us get back to our business. We … are … interested in art. We live in a world where most of what goes by that name is amusement. Here is our garden. It seems to need cultivating. (PA 103–4) At least in part, Collingwood’s interest in art in that period, as well as his interest in anthropology, archaeology, psychoanalysis and ‘the idea of nature’ more generally, may be read as reflecting his search for some form of meaningful non-linguistic (but not non-discursive) experience that could be reconciled with historical understanding.

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