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Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations Philosophy of Science and Its Implications for the Study of World Politics

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ISBN-10: 1138842672

ISBN-13: 9781138842670

Edition: 2nd 2017 (Revised)

Authors: Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

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The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations first edition was winner of the ISA-Northeast's Yale H. Ferguson Award, and the ISA Theory Section's Best Book of the Year award. There are many different scientifically valid ways to produce knowledge. The field of International Relations should pay closer attention to these methodological differences, and to their implications for concrete research on world politics. The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations provides an introduction to the philosophy of science issues and their implications for the study of global politics. The author draws attention to the problems caused by the misleading notion of a single unified scientific method, and proposes a framework that clarifies the variety of ways that IR scholars establish the authority and validity of their empirical claims. Jackson connects philosophical considerations with concrete issues of research design within neopositivist, critical realist, analyticist, and reflexive approaches to the study of world politics. Envisioning a pluralist science for a global IR field, this volume organizes the significant differences between methodological stances so as to promote internal consistency, public discussion, and worldly insight as the hallmarks of any scientific study of world politics. In this second edition, Jackson has centralised the philosophical history into a discrete chapter, seeking to map more closely the way that philosophy of science is normally taught and explored. The central chapters feature more detailed and useful contemporary illustrations of the methodological commitments discussed and the work concludes with a new postscript - Science and its Alternatives where Jackson tackles his critics head on and seeks to continue the debate. This important volume will be essential reading for all students and scholars of International Relations, Political Science and Philosophy of Science.
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/30/2016
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English