By Yong-Soo Eun

This e-book identifies and addresses sophisticated yet vital questions and concerns linked to the configuration of diplomacy as a self-discipline. beginning with a much-needed dialogue of manifold implications and matters linked to pluralism, the publication increases very important questions, corresponding to the place does the sector of IR stand by way of epistemological, theoretical, and methodological range. The booklet additionally consists of out a comparative research of the current prestige of post-positivist IR scholarship within the usa and China.Eun discusses those questions via an in depth examining of the foremost texts within the box and by way of project a severe survey of publishing and educating practices in IR groups. IR students will gravitate to this article that fills many gaps in foreign political theory.

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Viewed in this light, “debate” seems an unfitting term although it is often said that IR is currently organized around the cleavages that can be characterized as the fourth (or third) “debate”—a debate between positivism and post-positivism or between rationalism and reflexivism (Wæver 1996; Keohane 1988; Lapid 1989). Post-positivism neither fully engages in the “debate” nor plays the role of a clear counterpart. The bottom line is that, for a large part of the intellectual history of international relations, positivism has dominated and continues to dominate our conduct of inquiry in almost every realm whether philosophical, methodological, or analytical while post-positivism “has failed to translate into a clear, appealing alternative to positivism” (Hamati-Ataya 2013: 670–671).

The Rise and Fall of the Inter-Paradigm Debate. In International Theory: Positivism and Beyond, eds. Steve Smith, Ken Booth, and Marysia Zalewski, 156–157. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Wæver, Ole. 1998. The Sociology of a Not So International Discipline: American and. European Developments in International Relations. International Organization 52(4): 687–727. ———. 2007. Still a Discipline After All These Debates? In International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity, eds. Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith.

WHERE DOES IR STAND IN TERMS OF DIVERSITY? 37 Put simply, although the present geographical composition of IR might indicate that we are increasingly moving toward “internationalization” (Turton 2016: 114, 116), the predominance of a US-centered discipline and US-led commitments to positivist methodologies remains unabated.  Rather, the above empirical examination and literature review confirm the dominance of positivism in the field while showing that post-positivist research has failed to become a powerful contender for positivism.

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