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Cambridge Studies in International Relations #41: Rediscoveries and Reformulations: Humanistic Methodologies for International Studiesby Hayward R. Alker
Synopses & Reviews
In this book Hayward Alker presents his principal methodological "rediscoveries" of the past twenty years. He provides a rich set of "humanistic" alternatives to the conventional scientific approaches within international studies, and social science more generally. He offers a reinterpretation of premodern, modern, and postmodern thinkers from Aristotle to Connolly, and argues that the humanistic and scientific modes of inquiry can be integrated into a rigorous, philosophically rationalized methodology for international studies.
In this book Hayward Alker presents his principal methodological 'rediscoveries'.
Offering a reinterpretation of premodern, modern, and postmodern thinkers from Aristotle to Connolly, this text argues that the humanistic and scientific modes of inquiry can be integrated into a rigorous, philosophically rationalized methodology for international studies.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 422-450) and index.
Table of Contents
List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction: voyages of rediscovery; Part I: Recovering Western Antiquity: 1. The dialectical logic of Thucydides' Melian Dialogue; 2. Aristotelian political methodologies; 3. Toynbee's Jesus: computational hermeneutics and the continuing presence of classical Mediterranean civilization; Part II.The Humanistic Science of the Modern Classics: 4. The humanistic moment in international studies: reflections on Machiavelli and Las Casas; 5. Can the end of power politics be part of the concepts with which its story is told? A Leibnizian reply; 6. Rescuing 'reason' from the 'rationalists': reading Vico, Marx and Weber as reflexive institutionalists; 7. An Orwellian Lasswell: humanistic scientist; Part III. Contemporary Humanistic Reformulations: 8. Fairy tales, tragedies and world histories: testable structuralist interpretations; 9. Beneath Tit-for-Tat: the contest of political economy fairy tales within SPD protocols; 10. Emancipatory empiricism: toward the renewal of empirical peace research; 11. The presumption of anarchy in world politics: on recovering the historicity of world society; 12. The return of practical reason to international theory; References; Index.
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