POSC 348: Theories in International Relatiosn notes
POSC 348: Theories in International Relatiosn notes posc448010
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Date Created: 02/18/16
Theory in International Relations The trouble with theory is that we don't know what it is, nor will we ever know what it is about Theory tells us why we see what we see, when we see it Theory is not directly observable. Theory cannot be… Directly seen Tested; you cannot not test a proposition of what we cannot see or observe directly Theory tells us how the world works With theory… We have to use judgement Theories cannot be proven or disproven Imperial theories mean we are making arguments about observables Applications are like engineering Shively is making an assumption about human behavior in his book Repucation We always, often, or usually dox when subjected toy Shively is making a distinction between us and what is on the outside of us Very controversial There is no proof that the external world exists What if we cannot separate our mind from the world? We cannot define tall and short if it is only us Necessity if always based on our own sense of interest Yesterday you wanted x tomorrow you'd want y Your interests will alter Power can be assigned from anything Height, shirt color, wealth, etc. Shively's 12 steps to theory: 1 Asking good questions 2 Needs to be predictive 3 Important 4 Tricky 5 Not bias Doubleblind peer review Community standards – Norms that you know you can do, while also not doing things you know you cannot do. Problems of one sort that emerge are problems that also emerge from another sort True with being in a community with one image Think, design, hypothesis Less the norm in education Thinking is not easy; you do it half the time without thinking about it What leads to what? Design draws up the thoughts into the hypothesis Hypothesis is a testable statement regarding the nature of the relationship between two variables o Comes from the theory; falls right out of it o Pretheorizing o Really important because the hypothesis gives you the chance to ask “Well, am I right?”; we have to answer that question before forming a theory o Therefore, hypothesizing should be done not just as a oneoff, but as several steps that leads to your theory 2
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