||Innovations in international affairs
Innovations in international affairs.
||Three stories to ponder and one Gedankenexperiment -- (Alternative) facts, historical narratives, and the issue of "objectivity" in the social sciences : a conceptual exploration -- Much ado about what? : some reflections on a theory of practice, identity and social (re)-production -- The view to nowhere and the problem of social ordering.
||"This book's key purpose is to contribute to the ongoing "theoretical" discussion in the field of international relations concerning the status of grand theories. However, it also has a wider, critical mission: to challenge mainstream social science and its dominant methodology, as well as the unfettered optimism that the problem of social order can be solved by the "application" of scientific knowledge to our practical problems. The author uses rigorous philosophical analysis to focus on the unexamined assumptions that form the bedrock of many contemporary scholars in IR and demonstrates the unavailability of a universal "scientific" procedure for finding the facts, when we face practical choices and issues of social reproduction. This book will be of interest to upper-level students of IR, sociology, history and philosophy of science; it will also speak to students of security, foreign policy making, migration, and political economy, in addressing the basis of their attitudes in thinking about the world and the role of scholarship"-- Provided by publisher.
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|Issued in other form||Online version: Kratochwil, Friedrich V. After theory, before big data Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2021. 9781003175070|