Pragmatism in International Relations Theory and Research

Eidos: Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad Del Norte 14:72-105 (2011)
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Abstract

The goal of this paper is examine the recent literature on the intersection between philosophical pragmatism and International Relations (IR), including IR theory and IR research methodology. One of the obstacles to motivating pragmatist IR theories and research methodologies, I contend, is the difficulty of defining pragmatism, particularly whether there is a need for a more generic definition of pragmatism or one narrowly tailored to the goals of IR theorists and researchers.

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Shane Ralston
University of Ottawa (PhD)

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