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In Heidegger's shadow: a phenomenological critique of Critical Realism


The field of International Relations (IR) although in many quarters still immersed in the epistemological trenches surrounding the fourth debate between positivism and post-positivism saw the emergence of a renewed interest and debate about the state and rigour of ‘our’ ontological assumptions. One currently very prominent contribution to this emerging or re-emerging interest in ontological questions can be found in the Critical Realist (CR) approach.

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Heikki Patomäki and Colin Wight , ‘After Post-Positivism? The Promise of Critical Realism’, International Studies Quarterly, 44 (2000), pp. 213–37

Lambert V. Stepanich , ‘Heidegger: “Between Idealism and Realism”’, The Harvard Review of Philosophy (Spring1991), pp. 20–8

Denis McManus , ‘Heidegger, Measurement and the “Intelligibility” of Science’, European Journal of Philosophy, 15:1 (2007), pp. 82105

Trish Glazebrook , ‘Heidegger and Scientific Realism’, Continental Philosophy Review, 34 (2001), pp. 361401

Hubert L. Dreyfus and Charles Spinosa , ‘Coping with Things-in-themselves: A Practice-Based Phenomenological Argument for Realism’, Inquiry, 42 (1999), pp. 4978

Jeff Malpas , ‘The Fragility of Robust Realism: A Reply to Dreyfus and Spinosa’, Inquiry, 42 (1999), pp. 89101

Colin Wight , ‘Inside the epistemological cave all bets are off’, Journal of International Relations and Development, 10 (2007), pp. 4056

Colin Wight , ‘A Manifesto for Scientific Realism in IR: Assuming the Can-Opener Won't Work!’, Millennium: Journal for International Studies, 35:2 (2007), pp. 379–98

Milja Kurki , ‘Critical Realism and Causal Analysis in International Relations’, Millennium: Journal for International Studies, 35:2 (2007), pp. 361–78

Jonathan Joseph , ‘Philosophy in International Relations: A Scientific Realist Approach’, Millennium: Journal for International Studies, 35:2 (2007), pp. 345–59

Friedrich Kratochwil , ‘Of communities, gangs, historicity and the problem of Santa Claus: replies to my critics’, Journal of International Relations and Development, 10 (2007), p. 72

Karin Fierke , Diplomatic Interventions. Conflict and Change in a Globalizing World (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), p. 7

John Haugeland , ‘Heidegger on Being a Person’, Nous, 16:1 (1982), p. 22

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Review of International Studies
  • ISSN: 0260-2105
  • EISSN: 1469-9044
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