Nicholas Rengger - Curriculum Vitae#

Obituary, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Current Position

Professor of Political Theory and International Relations
St Andrews University

Current Visiting Positions

Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, Global Ethics Fellow 2011-2014 (see

Research Interests

International political theory, political philosophy, history of ideas, social theory, IR theory, philosophy of history and the social sciences. Overlaps between philosophy, history, theology, politics and International relations.

Recent Professional Service

  • Editor, The Review of International Studies, 2006-2010
  • Executive Committee, British International Studies Association, 2004-2010
  • Ex-officio 2006-2010 (as editor of the Review of International Studies)
  • Judging Committee, Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize, BISA
  • Editorial Boards: The Review of International Studies (till 2010), Millennium, International Affairs, Civil Wars (till 2009) International Relations, Journal of International Political Theory, Radical Orthodoxy
  • External Examiner to the University of London, External Programme 2010-2013
  • External Examiner for PhD’s at Aberystwyth, Cambridge, Copenhagen, Durham, Edinburgh, KCL, LSE, Maastricht, Oxford, Warwick

Select Recent Publications

Single Authored Books

Dealing in Darkness: The Anti-Pelagian Imagination in Political Theory and International relations (Routledge, forthcoming)

Just War and International Order: The Uncivil Condition in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2013
Edited Books

Evaluating Global Orders (Cambridge University press, 2010)

Critical International Relations Theory After Twenty Five Years - with Ben Thirkell White – (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Articles in Learned Journals

‘Pluralism in IR Theory’ in International Studies Perspectives (forthcoming, 2014).

‘On Theology and International Relations: World Politics Beyond the Empty Sky’ in International Relations, 27, 2, 2013 141-157.

‘A Global Ethic and the Hybrid Culture of the Moral World’, Ethics and International Affairs, 26,1, April 2012

‘The World Turned Upside Down: Human Rights and International Relations After Twenty Five Years’, in International Affairs, 87,5, September 2011, 1141-1159

‘The Greatest Treason: On the Subtle Temptations of Preventive War’ International Affairs, 84, 5, September 2008

Book Chapters

‘Realism Tamed or Liberalism Betrayed: Dystopic Liberalism and International Order’ in R.Friedman et al (eds) After Liberalism (London: Palgrave, 2013)

‘Tragedy or Scepticism’ in T. Erskine and Richard Ned Lebow (eds) Tragedy and International Relations (London: Palgrave, 2012).

‘Inta Arma, Silent Leges’ in Amanda Beattie and Anthony J Lang (eds) War, Torture and Terrorism (London: Routledge, 2009)

‘Realism’s Hidden dialogue’ in Duncan Bell (ed) Political Thought and International Relations: Variations on a Realist Theme (oxford: oxford University Press, 2009)

‘Marxism and International Ethics’ in Chris Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal (eds) The Oxford Handbook of International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University press, 2008)

The Jus in Bello in Historical and Philosophical perspective’ in Larry May (ed) War: Essays in Political Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
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