The malpractice of “rationality” in international relations

  title={The malpractice of “rationality” in international relations},
  author={Uriel Abulof},
  journal={Rationality and Society},
  pages={358 - 384}
  • Uriel Abulof
  • Published 16 July 2015
  • Sociology
  • Rationality and Society
This article investigates the misuse of “rationality” in academic and political discourses, focusing on the Iranian nuclear project. The concept of rationality is ubiquitous; scholars, pundits, and practitioners turn to it, sometimes unwittingly, to describe, explain, and predict. When concerning concrete security and foreign policies, however, this praxis borders on malpractice: rationality-based descriptions are largely either false or unfalsifiable; many observers fail to explicate the… Expand

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