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IR Working Paper 1993/6
Howard R. Alker, Jr, ‘The Return of Practical Reason’, IR Working Paper 1993/6, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, November 1993.
Books by Martin Hollis, Steve Smith, Friedrich V. Kratochwil, and Nicholas Onuf can be read as reengaging the two sides of the earlier World Politics debate between scientists and classicists, but now with different results. A productive fusion of positions is apparent, based on post-Wittgensteinian conceptions of intentionality, judgement, language games, and practical reason. For the promise of the Late Modern ‘return to practical reasoning’ to be realised, International Relations must incorporate into its core assumptions revised logics, epistemologies and ontologies/phenomenologies reflective of creative syntheses of humanistic and scientific concerns.