Ontology

‘Politics of Gratitude’ – Bridging Ontologies: Patronage, Roles, and Emotions

Rainer Ricardo • Nov 8 2020 • Articles

Research on patronage would benefit from a dialogue with Role Theory and Emotions Theory so that IR scholars can explore more about politics of gratitude.

Review – Quantum Mind and Social Science

Rainer Ricardo • Mar 10 2020 • Features

Alexander Wendt claims the supremacy of scientific realism by establishing a synthesis between two irreconcilable ontologies: the physical and social.

Recrafting International Relations through Relationality

International Relations must be reconceptualised to prioritize the relations that constitute units rather than to proceed from the assumption that units are self-evident.

Between Radical Posthumanism and Weak Anthropocentrism

Carolin Kaltofen • Oct 10 2017 • Articles

Analysing posthuman-ness calls into question whether posthuman IR is posthuman as none of IR’s posthumanesque disquisitions develop an ontology of the international.

Interview – Maria Mälksoo

E-International Relations • Sep 22 2017 • Features

Dr Mälksoo explores the ontological security and identities of the Baltic states and compares the historical memory of these states to the Russian biographical narrative.

Interview – Aleš Karmazin

E-International Relations • Oct 23 2016 • Features

Ales Karmazin discusses the concept of Chinese correlative ontology and how it challenges binary logic and puts forward a more nuanced vision of societies.

(Im)possible Universalism: Remarks on the Politics and Ethics of Grammar

Véronique Pin-Fat • Jul 29 2016 • Articles

In the image, what can you see? Understanding the ethical claims to universality in IR is, for heuristic purposes only, similar to looking at the image.

Interview – J. Ann Tickner

E-International Relations • Mar 6 2016 • Features

Professor J. Ann Ticker discusses the vibrancy of contemporary feminist IR, the divide between positivism and postpositivism and the need for IR from the margins.

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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