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The Invention of International Relations Theory - Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 1954 Conference on Theory
Author: Nicolas Guilhot

ISBN: 9780231152679
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1 January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.0
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The 1954 Conference on Theory, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, featured a "who's who" of scholars and practitioners debating what would become the foundations of international relations theory. Assembling his own team of experts, all of whom have struggled with the legacy of this conference, Nicolas Guilhot revisits a seminal event in the discipline and its odd rejection of scientific rationalism.

Far from being a spontaneous development, these essays argue, the emergence of a "realist" approach to international politics, later codified at the conference, was deliberately triggered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The organization was an early advocate of scholars who opposed the idea of a "science" of politics, pursuing, for the sake of disciplinary autonomy, a vision of politics as a pre-rational and existential dimension of the human condition that could not be "solved" by scientific means. As a result, the nascent theory was more a rejection of behavioral social science than one of its specialized branches....

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