God Gave Physics the Easy Problems:

  title={God Gave Physics the Easy Problems:},
  author={S. Bernstein and R. Lebow and J. Stein and S. Weber},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={43 - 76}
  • S. Bernstein, R. Lebow, +1 author S. Weber
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of International Relations
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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