Agents, Structures and International Relations
Politics as Ontology
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Agents, Structures and International Relations by Colin Wight
Book DescriptionThe agent-structure problem is a much discussed issue in the field of international relations. In his comprehensive 2006 analysis of this problem, Colin Wight deconstructs the accounts of structure and agency embedded within differing IR theories and, on the basis of this analysis, explores the implications of ontology - the metaphysical study of existence and reality. Wight argues that there are many gaps in IR theory that can only be understood by focusing on the ontological differences that construct the theoretical landscape. By integrating the treatment of the agent-structure problem in IR theory with that in social theory, Wight makes a positive contribution to the problem as an issue of concern to the wider human sciences. At the most fundamental level politics is concerned with competing visions of how the world is and how it should be, thus politics is ontology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521857529
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A comprehensive 2006 analysis of the agent-structure problem in international relations and social theory.
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Author Biography - Colin Wight
Colin Wight is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.
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