Scientific Realism And International Relations

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

EditorJonathan Joseph, Colin Wight

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Critical and scientific realism have emerged as important perspectives on international relations in recent years. The attraction of these approaches lies in the claim that they can transcend the positivism vs. postpositivism divide. This book demonstrates the vitality of this approach and the difference that "realism" makes.

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Critical and scientific realism have emerged as important perspectives on international relations in recent years. The attraction of these approaches lies in the claim that they can transcend the positivism vs. postpositivism divide. This book demonstrates the vitality of this approach and the difference that "realism" makes.

JONATHAN JOSEPH is Reader in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He has published widely on scientific realism. His books include Marxism and Social Theory and Realism, Philosophy and Social Science (with Kathryn Dean, John Roberts and Colin Wight).COLIN WIGHT is Professor of International R...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230240062

ISBN - 13:9780230240063

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Table of Contents

Introduction; C.Wight & J.Joseph
Reductionism, Emergence, and Explanation in International Relations Theory; D.Leon
The International as Emergent: Challenging Old and New Orthodoxies in International Relations Theory; J.Joseph
State Theory in International Relations: Why Realism Matters; M.Koivisto
Inside the American State: Reconciling Structural and Interpretive Analyses Within a Critical Realist Perspective; D.Porpora
What is Realism in International Law and Human Rights?; B.Bowring
Is It Real? The Question of Juridical, Actual, and Causal Responsibility in Sovereign Debt Settlements; T.Hattori
Critical Realism and the Analysis of Democratisation: Does Philosophy of Science Matter; M.Kurki
Beyond the Closed vs. Open Systems Dichotomy. Exploring Possible and Likely Futures in Global Political Economy and Security; H.Patomaki
Critical Realism, IR Theory and Marxism; F.Yalvaç
World Market, World State, World Society: Scientific Realist Interrogations; B.Jessop
Realism. For Real this Time: Scientific Realism is Not a Compromise between Positivism and Interpretivism; J.Rivas
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Some of the most interesting new work in International Relations scholarship is conducted under the banner of "scientific" or "critical" realism, and this book brings together many of the major figures in this field in a collection that will be required reading for senior scholars and students alike." -- Chris Brown, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK