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Scientific Realism and International Relations - J. Joseph

Scientific Realism and International Relations

By: J. Joseph (Editor), C. Wight (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th July 2010
ISBN: 9780230240063
Number Of Pages: 258

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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.

'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

'This impressive book breaks new ground in articulating scientific realism and explaining its relevance to international relations theory. It offers exceptionally clear discussions of key epistemological and ontological issues in social theory, and demonstrates their significance for a range of substantive topics in the study of world politics, including international law, global governance, Marxism, and the state. A significant step forward for scientific realism in international relations.' David Dessler, Associate Professor of Government, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, USA

'Thought provoking for anyone interested in the concept, which will open many avenues for theorizing in international relations in years to come, within and outside of critical theory circles.' - International Studies Review

List of Figuresp. vii
Notes on the Contributorsp. viii
Scientific Realism and International Relationsp. 1
Reductionism, Emergence and Explanation in International Relations Theoryp. 31
The International as Emergent: Challenging Old and New Orthodoxies in International Relations Theoryp. 51
State Theory in International Relations: Why Realism Mattersp. 69
Inside the American State: Reconciling Structural and Interpretive Analyses within a Critical Realist Perspectivep. 88
What is Realism in International Law and Human Rights?p. 101
Is it Real? The Question of Juridical, Actual and Causal Responsibility in Sovereign Debt Settlementsp. 115
Critical Realism and the Analysis of Democratisation: Does Philosophy of Science Matter?p. 129
Exploring Possible, Likely and Desirable Global Futures: Beyond the Closed vs Open Systems Dichotomyp. 147
Critical Realism, International Relations Theory and Marxismp. 167
World Market, World State, World Society: Marxian Insights and Scientific Realist Interrogationsp. 186
Realism. For Real this Time: Scientific Realism is not a Compromise between Positivism and Interpretivismp. 203
Bibliographyp. 228
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780230240063
ISBN-10: 0230240062
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 30th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1