The "Problem of Values" and International Relations Scholarship: From Applied Reflexivity to Reflexivism

Inanna Hamati-Ataya*

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Abstract

In light of recent discussions of cognitive and ethical dilemmas related to International Relations (IR) scholarship, this paper proposes to engage the "problem of values" in IR as a composite question whose cognitive treatment requires the objectivation of the more profoundly institutional and social processes that subtend its emergence and evolution within the discipline. This analysis is hereby offered as an exercise in reflexive scholarship. Insofar as the question of values constitutes a defining cognitive and moral concern for reflexive knowledge itself, the paper also points to the need for its reformulation within an epistemic framework that is capable of moving beyond reflexivity to Reflexivism proper, understood as a systematic socio-cognitive practice of reflexivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-287
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Studies Review
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POWER
  • DISCIPLINE
  • AMERICAN
  • SECURITY
  • REALISM
  • WORLD
  • CONSTRUCTIVISM
  • METHODOLOGY
  • LANGUAGE

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