Rediscoveries and Reformulations

Rediscoveries and Reformulations

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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.earlier: aquot;But like any living thing, the tale can generate only forms that resemble itself. If any cell of a tale organism becomes a small tale within a larger one, it is built . . . according to the same rules as any fairy taleaquot; (Propp 1977: 78). Proppa#39;s profound ... These macro story parts are combined by separately coded and and then connectives, indicated by circled Aa#39;s and Ta#39;s respectively. Roughly, the three anbsp;...

Title:Rediscoveries and Reformulations
Author: Hayward R. Alker
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1996-05-30

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