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Conventional Realism and Political InquiryChanneling Wittgenstein$
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John G. Gunnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226661278

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226661308.001.0001

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The Realistic Imagination in Political Inquiry

The Realistic Imagination in Political Inquiry

The Case of International Relations

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(p.53) 3 The Realistic Imagination in Political Inquiry
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Conventional Realism and Political Inquiry
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John G. Gunnell

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226661308.003.0004

This chapter explores the problems that have characterized claims about realism in the study of politics. In order to focus the discussion, it analyzes a particular philosophical rendition that has been derived primarily from the philosophy of natural science and that has at various points surfaced in contemporary social science but recently has been advanced as a basis of theory in the study of international politics.

Keywords:   International Relations, critical realism, philosophical realism, philosophy of science

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