Rediscoveries and Reformulations: Humanistic Methodologies for International Studies

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Cambridge University Press, May 30, 1996 - Philosophy - 464 pages
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This book provides a distinctive and rich conception of methodology within international studies. From a rereading of the works of leading Western thinkers about international studies, Hayward Alker rediscovers a 'neo-Classical' conception of international relations which is both humanistic and scientific. He draws on the work of classical authors such as Aristotle and Thucydides; modern writers like Machiavelli, Vico, Marx, Weber, Deutsch and Bull; and post-modern writers like Havel, Connolly and Toulmin. The central challenge addressed is how to integrate 'positivist' or 'falsificationist' research styles within humanistic or interpretive ones. The author argues that appropriate, philosophically informed reformulations of conventional statistical and game-theoretic analyses are possible, and describes a number of humanistic methodologies for international relations, including argumentation analysis, narrative modeling, computational models of political understanding and reconstructive analysis.
 

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Contents

Some contrasting views on various issues of social page
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Wrights grouping of International Relations page
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The dialectical logic of Thucydides Melian Dialogue
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Aristotelian political methodologies
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Computational hermeneutics and the
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3a Some complex plot units in AlkerSchneiders Jesus
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Can the end of power politics be part of the concepts
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Reading
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Humanistic scientist
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Testable
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The contest of political economy
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Toward the renewal of
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The return of practical reason to international theory
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References
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Index
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