A transformative social scientist: Karl Deutsch and the discipline of International Relations

Jan Ruzicka*

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Abstract

This introduction to this Special Issue of International Relations dedicated to Karl Deutsch makes the case that his scholarship was transformative in more ways than is typically recognized in the discipline. Besides being a theoretical and methodological innovator, Deutsch also envisaged that research must have transformative qualities for the future of human relations. The latter in particular deserves attention of International Relations (IR) students because it opens up possibilities for novel empirical and theoretical research of international politics. Deutsch clearly believed that social scientific research must be normatively grounded and serve normative purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-287
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Relations
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2014

Keywords

  • cybernetics
  • International Relations
  • Karl Deutsch
  • social science
  • transformation
  • SCIENCE

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