The Resource Constructing cause in international relations, Richard Ned Lebow

Constructing cause in international relations, Richard Ned Lebow

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Constructing cause in international relations
Title
Constructing cause in international relations
Statement of responsibility
Richard Ned Lebow
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Cause is a problematic concept in social science, as in all fields of knowledge. We organise information in terms of cause and effect to impose order on the world, but this can impede a more sophisticated understanding. In his latest book, Richard Ned Lebow reviews understandings of cause in physics and philosophy and concludes that no formulation is logically defensible and universal in its coverage. This is because cause is not a feature of the world but a cognitive shorthand we use to make sense of it. In practice, causal inference is always rhetorical and must accordingly be judged on grounds of practicality. Lebow offers a new approach - 'inefficient causation' - that is constructivist in its emphasis on the reasons people have for acting as they do, but turns to other approaches to understand the aggregation of their behaviour. This novel approach builds on general understandings and idiosyncratic features of context"--
  • "Cause is a problematic concept in social science, as in all fields of knowledge. We organize information in terms of cause and effect to impose order on the world, but this can impede a more sophisticated understanding. In his latest book, Richard Ned Lebow reviews understandings of cause in physics and philosophy and concludes that no formulation is logically defensible and universal in its coverage. This is because cause is not a feature of the world but a cognitive shorthand we use to make sense of it. In practice, causal inference is always rhetorical and must accordingly be judged on grounds of practicality. Lebow offers a new approach - 'inefficient causation' - that is constructivist in its emphasis on the reasons people have for acting as they do, but turns to other approaches to understand the aggregation of their behaviour. This novel approach builds on general understandings and idiosyncratic features of context"--
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Lebow, Richard Ned
Dewey number
327.101
Index
index present
LC call number
JZ1242
LC item number
.L43 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • International relations
  • Social sciences and state
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
Label
Constructing cause in international relations, Richard Ned Lebow
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. The quest for cause; 2. Inefficient causation I; 3. Inefficient causation II; 4. The European reconceptualisation of space; 5. Cause and knowledge
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 196 pages
Isbn
9781107047907
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)858749401
Label
Constructing cause in international relations, Richard Ned Lebow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. The quest for cause; 2. Inefficient causation I; 3. Inefficient causation II; 4. The European reconceptualisation of space; 5. Cause and knowledge
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 196 pages
Isbn
9781107047907
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)858749401

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