The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations: Philosophy of Science and Its Implications for the Study of World Politics (New International Relations)

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Routledge, 2010 - Philosophy - 268 pages
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"The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations outlines a constructive and convincing path for getting beyond unproductive debates about the relative merits of the various methodologies that inform R. Calling for a post foundational IR that rest on a more expansive definition of science than that which is conventionally accepted by the field, Patrick Jackson makes a compelling case for an engaged pluralism that is respectful of the different philosophical groundings that inform a variety of equally valid scientific traditions, each of which can usefully contribute to a more comprehensive and informed understanding of world politics." J. Ann Tickner, School of International Relations, University of Southern California

"This is a book that will have a deep and lasting impact on the field It displays impressive and sophisticated scholarship, but lightly worn and presented in an engaging manner, student-friendly but never patronising or afraid to challenge the reader I know no better account of the various ways by which one can study IR scientifically and I am confident that this is a text that will be very widely adopted." Chris Brown, Professor of International Relations London School of Economics

"Neatly framed, balanced, informed, lucid and, yes, important, this is the rare book I wish I had written myself. Not that I could have done it nearly as well." Nick Onuf, Professor Emeritus, Florida International University

"In this vigorously argued, incisive and important book, Patrick Jackson liberates us from the misplaced polarity between `hard scientific' and `soft, interpretive' approaches that has bedeviled international relations scholarship for half a century. Neither approach has any grounding among philosophers of science with their insistence on the irreducibly pluralist nature of science. The immense value of this book is its accessibility and the intimate connections it builds between theories of international relations and their philosophical foundations - or lack thereof Neo-positivist, reflexivist, critical realist and analytical stances can now engage in ecumenical dialogue rather than shouting matches or with silent scorn If you are accustomed to worship only in your favorite chapel, here is an invitation to visit a magnificent cathedral Graduate field seminars in international relations now have access to a first-rate text"

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About the author (2010)

Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington DC; he is also Director of General Education for the University He is the author of Civilizing the Enemy (2006) and the co-editor of Civilizational Identity (2007).

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