Philosophical Pragmatism And International Relations: Essays For A Bold New World by Shane J. RalstonPhilosophical Pragmatism And International Relations: Essays For A Bold New World by Shane J. Ralston

Philosophical Pragmatism And International Relations: Essays For A Bold New World

EditorShane J. RalstonContribution byBrian E. Butler, Matthew J. Brown

Paperback | March 27, 2017

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What are the implications of philosophical pragmatism for international relations theory and foreign policy practice? According to John Ryder, "a foreign policy built on pragmatist principles is neither naïve nor dangerous. In fact, it is very much what both the U.S. and the world are currently in need of." Close observers of Barack Obama's foreign policy statements have also raised the possibility of a distinctly pragmatist approach to international relations. Absent from the three dominant theoretical perspectives in the field-realism, idealism and constructivism-is any mention of pragmatism, except in the very limited, instrumentalist sense of choosing appropriate foreign policy tools to achieve proposed policy objectives. The key commitments of any international relations approach in the pragmatist tradition could include a flexible approach to crafting policy ends, theory integrally related to practice, a concern for both the normative and explanatory dimensions of international relations research, and policy means treated as hypotheses for experimental testing. Following the example of classic pragmatists such as John Dewey and neo-pragmatists like Richard Rorty, international relations scholars and foreign policy practitioners would have to forgo grand theories, instead embracing a situationally-specific approach to understanding and addressing emerging global problems. Unfortunately, commentary on the relationship between philosophical pragmatism and international relations has been limited. The authors in Philosophical Pragmatism and International Relations remedies this lacuna by exploring ways in which philosophical pragmatism, both classic and contemporary, can inform international relations theory and foreign policy practice today.
Shane J. Ralston is assistant professor of philosophy in the Humanities Department at Pennsylvania State University-Hazleton. His research is on democratic theory, pragmatism, international relations, and environmental philosophy. He is the book review editor for Education and Culture: The Journal of the John Dewey Society. He is also ...
Title:Philosophical Pragmatism And International Relations: Essays For A Bold New WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.07 × 5.88 × 0.71 inPublished:March 27, 2017Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsForewordIntroductionChapter 1: On Pragmatism and International RelationsChapter 2: Getting Beyond International Relations TheoryChapter 3: Pragmatism, Militarism, and Political TheoryChapter 4: Pragmatism, Peacekeeping, and the Constabulary ForceChapter 5: Justice and global Communities of InquiryChapter 6: Science, Values, and Democracy in the Global Climate Change DebateChapter 7: Obama's Pragmatism in International Affairs-Appropriate or Appropriation? Chapter 8: Presidential Rhetoric and Pragmatism's PossibilitiesBibliographyIndexAbout the Contributors

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These carefully crafted essays take the measure of current debates about international relations. They confidently guide their readers beyond the usual grand theories to a richly contextual approach that foregrounds tools of experimental inquiry. The contributors furnish ample evidence of the continuing relevance of classical pragmatism to some of the most urgent discussions of our time.