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Chapter 2: Philosophy of Social Science and International Relations
A key issue for any social science discipline is the extent to which it might be considered a science. According to Brian Schmidt, the scientific status of international relations (IR) is the “defining goal of the field” (see Chapter 1). However, where Schmidt sees the development of ...