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.
"Indeed, vicarious voyagers may find the zest and courage that shines through this extraordinary book all the reason they need to venture out on their own." Nicholas Onuf, American Political Science Review
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.