Agents, Structures and International Relations: Politics as Ontology
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Agents, Structures and International Relations: Politics as Ontology

by Colin Wight
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521674166

ISBN-13: 9780521674164

Pub. Date: 07/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The agent-structure problem is a much discussed issue in the field of international relations. In his comprehensive 2006 analysis of this problem, Colin Wight deconstructs the accounts of structure and agency embedded within differing IR theories and, on the basis of this analysis, explores the implications of ontology - the metaphysical study of existence and reality

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The agent-structure problem is a much discussed issue in the field of international relations. In his comprehensive 2006 analysis of this problem, Colin Wight deconstructs the accounts of structure and agency embedded within differing IR theories and, on the basis of this analysis, explores the implications of ontology - the metaphysical study of existence and reality. Wight argues that there are many gaps in IR theory that can only be understood by focusing on the ontological differences that construct the theoretical landscape. By integrating the treatment of the agent-structure problem in IR theory with that in social theory, Wight makes a positive contribution to the problem as an issue of concern to the wider human sciences. At the most fundamental level politics is concerned with competing visions of how the world is and how it should be, thus politics is ontology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521674164
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #101
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. IR: a science without positivism?; 2. The agent-structure problem: from social theory to IR theory; 3. The agent-structure problem in IR theory; 4. Structure; 5. Agency; 6. The agent-structure problem: epistemology; 7. The agent-structure problem: methodology; Conclusion.

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