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Rediscoveries and Reformulations

Rediscoveries and Reformulations
Humanistic Methodologies for International Studies

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521461306

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  • 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.

    • A rich and sweeping analysis of methodology in international studies, attempting to integrate scientific methods with philosophical ones
    • Alker is a real star. This ambitious book could not have been written by anyone else, and was long-awaited
    • Takes a broad historical sweep looking at thinker from ancient to modern times. Will have philosophy of social science and social theory audience
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    "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

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    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521461306
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    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

  • Author

    Hayward R. Alker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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