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Conventional Realism and Political Inquiry: Channeling Wittgenstein

John G. Gunnell


This book is an exploration of the relationship between philosophy and various forms of political inquiry and is specifically and primarily devoted to advancing an argument for conventional realism. The thesis is that everything we designate as “real,” whether natural or social, is rendered conventionally. This entails a rejection of the widely accepted distinction between what is natural and what is conventional as a way of demarcating natural science and social science. The argument is presented in an opposition to the deep-seated influence of representational philosophy on political science ... More

Keywords: Conventional Realism, Mind, Reality, and World, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Political Science, Political Theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226661278
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226661308.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John G. Gunnell, author
University at Albany, SUNY