Corpus ID: 142193405

The State as a Person?: Anthropomorphic Personification vs. Concrete Durational Being

  title={The State as a Person?: Anthropomorphic Personification vs. Concrete Durational Being},
  author={Robert L. Oprisko and Kristopher Kaliher},
In “The State as Person in International Theory,” Wendt explores the analysis and comparison of the classic unit of international relations to a human subject. In an unprecedented manner, Wendt takes his comparison to the limit, finding connections between the biological aspects of personhood as well as the social. In this essay, we use a structure similar to Wendt’s but come to different conclusions. Using the works of Searle’s intentionality and Mitzen’s ontological security, among others, we… Expand
6 Citations
Principle of economy of language and the question of anthropomorphism of state
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: The aim of the paper is twofold: (1) polemics with Alexander Wendt’s thesis that state is a person and (2) innovative approach to the problem of anthropomorphism of state inExpand
‘States have emotions too’: an affect-centred approach to South African foreign relations
ABSTRACT Building on established scholarship in international relations theory, notably Alexander Wendt's assertion that ‘states are people too’, this paper explores South African foreign policyExpand
Transnational Environmental Law's Missing People
Abstract Legal scholars rely heavily on vocabularies of ‘actors’, ‘agents’, and ‘experts’ to account for the fact that law does not develop by itself. However, the identities, idiosyncrasies, andExpand
International humanitarian law's old questions and new perspectives: On what law has got to do with armed conflict
Abstract The question of whether international humanitarian law (IHL) has an impact on how armed conflicts are conducted is a controversial one. Sceptics claim that the law is virtually irrelevant inExpand
Why we need to establish international political psychology
A combination of Psychology with International Relations yields important results and ideas for improving the international world. This chapter proposes to establish International PoliticalExpand


State agency: social action without human activity?
  • C. Wight
  • Sociology
  • Review of International Studies
  • 2004
What are we to make of the state? According to Hegel, it was the ‘Divine Idea on Earth’. For Hobbes it was an ‘Artificiall Man’. Nietzsche declared it the ‘coldest of all cold monsters’. And forExpand
The state as person in international theory
To say that states are ‘actors’ or ‘persons’ is to attribute to them properties we associate first with human beings – rationality, identities, interests, beliefs, and so on. Such attributionsExpand
Hegel's House, or ‘People are states too’
  • P. Jackson
  • Sociology
  • Review of International Studies
  • 2004
Are states people too? Yes, they are. In this I agree with Alexander Wendt's contention that the state is an ‘emergent phenomenon which cannot be reduced to individuals’, although I disagree with theExpand
Anthropomorphism, personification and ethics: a reply to Alexander Wendt
  • P. Lomas
  • Sociology
  • Review of International Studies
  • 2005
In his recent article ‘The State as Person in International Theory’, Alexander Wendt advocates explicitly ‘personifying the state’. In his philosophical argument, he opposes a ‘physicalism’ whichExpand
Political Theology, Anthropomorphism, and Person-hood of the State: The Religion of IR
In this article I identify international relations as a form of religion. My identification takes two epistemological paths. The first one has been cleared by political theologians such as CarlExpand
How not to argue against state personhood: a reply to Lomas
It may be that states are not persons, but there is nothing in Peter Lomas' dismissive critique of my article that would help us decide one way or the other. Lomas never engages the central points ofExpand
‘Real’? As if! Critical reflections on state personhood
Abstract In a 2004 forum, Alexander Wendt, Patrick Jackson, Colin Wight and Iver Neumann asked two questions about state personhood: Are states real, or merely as-if? Are they people? I question theExpand
The state as citizen: state personhood and ideology
An important debate in International Relations and International Law is whether states are persons. In this article, it is argued that they are. That is, they are real persons-as-status. Furthermore,Expand
Weinstein's Methodology for Political Analysis
Weinstein’s method for political analysis begins with a critical moment, the specific situation and position in time and space that is actively being examined by the person who is doing theExpand
Why a World State is Inevitable
Long dismissed as unscientific, teleological explanation has been undergoing something of a revival as a result of the emergence of self-organization theory, which combines micro-level dynamics withExpand