Beyond (Post)Positivism: The Missed Promises of Systemic Pragmatism

Inanna Hamati-Ataya

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Abstract

This paper explores Pragmatism’s potential for transcending the antagonism between positivism and post-positivism, through the work of Morton Kaplan, who combines a Pragmatist theory of knowledge with a systems theory of world politics. A reconstruction of Kaplan’s synoptic philosophy shows how Pragmatism can help us move beyond the dual fallacy of truth as correspondence and truth as self-consciousness, to a non-foundationalist epistemology that acknowledges the historicity of knowing without annihilating the realism of the common world we live in. Moving from the realm of knowledge to the realm of judgment, this paper also reconstructs Kaplan’s moral analysis, thereby revealing its significance for the discipline’s renewed concern for the problems of values and reflexivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-305
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Studies Quarterly
Volume56
Issue number2
Early online date04 Jan 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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