Steven Bernstein, Richard Ned Lebow, Janice Gross Stein, Steven Weber

God gave physics the easy problems: adapting social science to an unpredictable world

For conceptual and empirical reasons the quest for predictive theory rests on a mistaken analogy between physical and social phenomena. Evolutionary biology is a more productive analogy for social science. We explore the value of this analogy in its `hard’ and `soft’ versions, and examine the implications of both for theory and research in International Relations. We develop the case for forward `tracking’ of International Relations on the basis of local and general knowledge as a constructive response to the problems we identify in backward-looking attempts to build deductive, nomothetic theory.

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1 Response to Steven Bernstein, Richard Ned Lebow, Janice Gross Stein, Steven Weber

  1. shinichi says:

    God gave physics the easy problems: adapting social science to an unpredictable world

    by Steven Bernstein, Richard Ned Lebow, Janice Gross Stein and Steven Weber

    http://ejt.sagepub.com/content/6/1/43.abstract

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