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After theory, before big data : thinking about praxis, politics and international affairs / Friedrich Kratochwil.

Author/creator Kratochwil, Friedrich V. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022.
Copyright Notice 2022
Descriptionviii, 186 pages ; 25 cm.
Subject(s)
Series Innovations in international affairs
Innovations in international affairs.
Contents 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.
Abstract "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 noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Kratochwil, Friedrich V. After theory, before big data Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2021. 9781003175070
LCCN 2020057299
ISBN9781032006536
ISBN9781032006581 hardcover
ISBN1032006587 hardcover
ISBN1032006536 paperback
ISBNelectronic book
ISBNelectronic publication
ISBNelectronic book

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