Realist Constructivism

Rethinking International Relations Theory

Author: J. Samuel Barkin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139484400

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Realism and constructivism, two key contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of international relations, are commonly taught as mutually exclusive ways of understanding the subject. Realist Constructivism explores the common ground between the two, and demonstrates that, rather than being in simple opposition, they have areas of both tension and overlap. There is indeed space to engage in a realist constructivism. But at the same time, there are important distinctions between them, and there remains a need for a constructivism that is not realist, and a realism that is not constructivist. Samuel Barkin argues more broadly for a different way of thinking about theories of international relations, that focuses on the corresponding elements within various approaches rather than on a small set of mutually exclusive paradigms. Realist Constructivism provides an interesting new way for scholars and students to think about international relations theory.

Perspectives on World Politics

Author: Richard Little,Michael Smith

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415322768

Category: Political Science

Page: 433

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Perspectives on World Politics has been essential reading for students of international relations since the 1980s. This new edition fully updates this key text for the twenty-first century. Focusing on the main competing analytical perspectives, the first and second editions established an authoritative sense of the conceptual tools used to study world politics, as well as reflecting on the major debates and responses to changes in the world arena. This third edition builds on the success of its predecessors by presenting a fresh set of readings within this framework: power and security interdependence and globalization dominance and resistance. It also includes a much-expanded fourth section, 'World Politics in Perspective', which reflects the methodological and normative debates that have developed since publication of the previous edition. This is an essential text for all students and scholars of politics and international relations.

Realism - Relativism - Constructivism

Proceedings of the 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg

Author: Christian Kanzian,Sebastian Kletzl,Josef Mitterer,Katharina Neges

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110524058

Category: Philosophy

Page: 476

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The book presents papers from leading proponents of realist, relativist, and constructivist positions in epistemology and the philosophy of language and ethics.

Constructivism in Ethics

Author: Carla Bagnoli

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107019214

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

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Ten specially written essays define the term 'constructivism' and ask crucial questions about the foundation of morality.

Was heißt "soziale Konstruktion"?

zur Konjunktur einer Kampfvokabel in den Wissenschaften

Author: Ian Hacking

Publisher: Frankfurt am Main : Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 9783596144341

Category: Knowledge, Sociology of

Page: 207

View: 4175


Western Perspectives on Chinese Higher Education

A Model for Cross-cultural Inquiry

Author: Xiuwu R. Liu

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838637098

Category: Education

Page: 189

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This book argues that constructivism and realism, two prominent theories of scholarly inquiry in a variety of fields, both have their strengths and weaknesses as descriptive models of how research is conducted and written up and as normative models for improving inquiry. Drawing on the two theories' strengths while avoiding their weaknesses, the book proposes realist constructivism as a general epistemic model for one area of inquiry - cross-cultural studies, defined as studies involving scholars from one society or culture studying another. The model has a descriptive and a normative dimension. Descriptively, realist constructivism maintains that a scholarly study of another society does reveal and is constrained by the studied society's social reality while being thoroughly shaped by factors involving the scholar and his society, whereas normatively it urges that a cross-cultural study should reveal and be constrained by the studied society's relevant social reality while being thoroughly shaped by a host of factors involving the scholar and his society.

Realism in Action

Essays in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Author: Matti Sintonen,Petri Ylikoski,Kaarlo Miller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400710461

Category: Philosophy

Page: 292

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This is a selection of essays written by leading representatives in the fields of action theory and philosophy of mind, philosophy of the social sciences and especially the nature of social action, and of epistemology and philosophy of science. Practical reason, reasons and causes in action theory, intending and trying, and folk-psychological explanation are some of the topics discussed by these leading participants.

Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology

Abduction, Logic, and Computational Discovery

Author: Lorenzo Magnani,Walter Carnielli,Claudio Pizzi

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642152228

Category: Computers

Page: 654

View: 1746


Systematically presented to enhance the feasibility of fuzzy models, this book introduces the novel concept of a fuzzy network whose nodes are rule bases and their interconnections are interactions between rule bases in the form of outputs fed as inputs.

Engendering Rationalities

Author: Nancy Tuana,Sandra Morgen

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791450864

Category: Philosophy

Page: 413

View: 6784


Cutting edge feminist investigations of rationality.

Beyond Paradigms

Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics

Author: Rudra Sil,Peter J. Katzenstein

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137013591

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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While paradigm-bound research has generated powerful insights in international relations, it has fostered a tunnel vision that hinders progress and widens the chasm between theory and policy. In this important new book, Sil and Katzenstein draw upon recent scholarship to illustrate the benefits of a more pragmatic and eclectic style of research.

Amarna Diplomacy

The Beginnings of International Relations

Author: Raymond Cohen,Raymond Westbrook

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801871030

Category: History

Page: 328

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"This is an important volume for any scholar of the ancient Near East." -- Religious Studies Review

The New Agenda for International Relations

From Polarization to Globalization in World Politics?

Author: Stephanie Lawson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745667538

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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There have been significant political eras which have shaped not only the structure of world politics but the way in which it has been studied. The geopolitical and ideological contours of the Cold War period, for example, had an impact on almost every aspect of world politics and the study of international relations for around 45 years. This book argues that, just as the collapse of the Soviet Union in the period following the fall of the Berlin Wall signalled the end of strategic polarization, it also marked the apparent end of a particular form of polarized debate around political, social and economic ideas. The various new directions taken by scholars of international relations in the post-Cold War era constitute a large part of a ‘new agenda' for the discipline. This collection reflects the variety of issues and approaches that have become part and parcel of this agenda over the past ten years. Issues tackled in this volume include the power of culture and ideology, the concept of globalisation, inequality, human rights and security as well as reflections on new forms of polarization in the post-Cold War world. Each contributor addresses the nature of changes and continuities in world politics, considers how the discipline of international relations itself has changed and reflects on possible directions for the twenty-first Century. This book will be of great interest to scholars of international relations, global politics, economics and related disciplines.

Constructivism and International Relations

Alexander Wendt and His Critics

Author: Stefano Guzzini,Anna Leander

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134319592

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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This new book unites in one volume some of the most prominent critiques of Alexander Wendt's constructivist theory of international relations and includes the first comprehensive reply by Wendt. Partly reprints of benchmark articles, partly new original critiques, the critical chapters are informed by a wide array of contending theories ranging from realism to poststructuralism. The collected leading theorists critique Wendt’s seminal book Social Theory of International Politics and his subsequent revisions. They take issue with the full panoply of Wendt’s approach, such as his alleged positivism, his critique of the realist school, the conceptualism of identity, and his teleological theory of history. Wendt’s reply is not limited to rebuttal only. For the first time, he develops his recent idea of quantum social science, as well as its implications for theorising international relations. This unique volume will be a necessary companion to Wendt’s book for students and researchers seeking a better understanding of his work, and also offers one of the most up-to-date collections on constructivist theorizing.

Rationalität, Realismus, Revision / Rationality, Realism, Revision

Vorträge des 3. internationalen Kongresses der Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie vom 15. bis zum 18. September 1997 in München / Proceedings of the 3rd international Congress of the Society for Analytical Philosophy September 15-18, 1997 in Munich

Author: Julian Nida-Rümelin

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110805707

Category: Philosophy

Page: 898

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Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

Author: James Lenman,Yonatan Shemmer

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199609837

Category: Philosophy

Page: 253

View: 3894


This volume comprises twelve original papers on constructivism - some favourable, others critical - by a distinguished group of moral philosophers. Since John Rawls' account of Kantian constructivism in 1980, there has been much discussion of constructivist understandings - Kantian or otherwise - both of morality and of reason more generally. Such understandings typically seek to characterize the truth conditions of propositions in their target domain in maximallymetaphysically unassuming ways, but controversy abounds over the interpretation and the scope as well as the credibility of such constructivist ideas. The essays collected here reach to the heart ofthis contemporary philosophical debate, and offer a range of new approaches and perspectives.

The Risk Society and Beyond

Critical Issues for Social Theory

Author: Barbara Adam,Ulrich Beck,Joost Van Loon

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761964698

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout social theory and covers the new risks that Beck did not foresee, associated with the emergence of new technologies, genetic and cybernetic. The book is unique because it offers both an introduction to the main arg

Realism Versus Realism

Author: Chhanda Gupta

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742513877

Category: Philosophy

Page: 161

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Realism versus Realism defends the metaphysics of 'Internal Realism, ' a view authored by Hilary Putnam, and seeks to build on its basis an immanent realistic position to resolve two conflicts: the conflict between realism and some forms of anti-realism, especially relativism which involves constructivism and subjectivism; and also between two forms of realism itself, namely transcendent and immanent. Contra transcendent realism, author Chhanda Gupta rejects the absolute view of realities that (a) transcend our concept forming powers, (b) transcend our cognitive abilities, and (c) are said to have features by themselves, not as things appear to us. Contra relativism of the anti-realist stripe, Gupta defends conceptual relativity without letting it drift towards constructivism and subjectivism. This general theory of realism minus absolutism, and relativism minus subjectivism and constructivism, may be seen to have a relevance for our moral and social image of the world by showing how pluralism can avoid the ills of absolutism without ushering in intellectual and moral anarchy.