Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World by Rudra Sil

By Rudra Sil

Whereas paradigm-bound examine has generated strong insights in diplomacy, it has fostered a tunnel imaginative and prescient that hinders growth and widens the chasm among conception and coverage. during this very important new publication, Sil and Katzenstein draw upon contemporary scholarship to demonstrate the advantages of a extra pragmatic and eclectic kind of study.

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Moreover, there is the danger that attempts at integrating theories from different paradigms may superficially homogenize fundamentally incompatible perspectives at a higher level of abstraction without enhancing our ability to understand complex phenomena on the ground (Harvey and Cobb 2003, p. 146). The problem of incommensurability thus poses an important challenge for eclectic analyses. For two reasons, however, we do not believe that the problem is insurmountable. First, the incommensurability thesis is most compelling when it comes to uniform criteria for evaluating diverse theories; it is much less constraining when it comes to integrating elements from these theories.

2009, p. 18). For the purpose of distinguishing eclectic scholarship in contemporary international relations, we rely in this chapter on the 24 Eclecticism, pragmatism, and paradigms 25 familiar triad of constructivism, liberalism, and realism. It goes without saying that other paradigms have acquired significance, at times for long periods, in various countries. Marxism and the English School, for example, continue to be influential outside of the United States. Furthermore, there exist important variations within and across paradigms.

Given the objective character of these measurements, realists see no need for the emphasis constructivists place on the ontological priority of intersubjective constructions. Contra liberals, they see patterns of cooperation, however institutionalized, as reflecting either the mutual interests of alliance members or a fleeting convergence of interests around issues of ‘low’ politics rather than the ‘high’ politics of war and peace. 28 Beyond Paradigms Over time, important distinctions have emerged within the realist paradigm.

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