On getting hit by traffic coming in both directions: A response to Dr Karen Devine's 'epistemology matters'
Abbreviated Journal Title
epistemology; ontology; postmodernism; International Relations; Political Science
This reply to Dr Karen Devine restates my claim, originally published in International Politics, that our epistemological assumptions do not affect our substantive (or ontological) claims about international relations (IR) as much as we commonly think. Even if we restrict ourselves purely to deconstructing the arguments others have made, and to analyzing the discourses of IR, it is very difficult in practice to be genuinely postmodernist in a way that makes a real difference to empirical research. We always end up saying that reality is the way it is, no matter how hard we try to hedge it around with disclaimers of various sorts. International Politics (2013) 50, 303-308. doi:10.1057/ip.2013.3
"On getting hit by traffic coming in both directions: A response to Dr Karen Devine's 'epistemology matters'" (2013). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 4108.