Author profile: Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of World Politics and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC. He is presently the Series Editor of the University of Michigan Press’ book series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics. He blogs at The Duck of Minerva and podcasts at

Fear of Relativism

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson • Jul 3 2012 • Articles
Two claims inhabiting different traditions of inquiry cannot possibly contradict one another unless they can be translated into the other tradition and straightforwardly evaluated.

What the Philosophy of Science is Not Good For

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson • Feb 23 2009 • Articles
The field of IR has been concerned about its scientific status for decades. This concern has led to a number of efforts to make the field “truly scientific” by adopting one or another philosophical and methodological stance: behaviorism in the 1950s, neopositivism in the 1970s and 1980s, and critical realism in the 1990s.

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