On constitution and causation in International Relations

  title={On constitution and causation in International Relations},
  author={Alexander Wendt},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  • Alexander Wendt
  • Published 1998
  • Political Science
  • Review of International Studies
Within the community of academic students of international politics today there is a deep epistemological rift over the extent to and ways in which we can know our subject. Speaking very broadly, on one side stand what have become known as 'positivists', who think we can get closer to the truth about international politics, but only if we follow the methods which have proven so successful in the natural sciences. And on the other side stand ‘post-positivists’, who think we do not have… Expand
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