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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 8

March 22nd, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Lecture 8 for SIS-301 Theories of International Politics. This week’s topic: E. H. Carr, and the rise of social science disciplines as a way of organizing knowledge.

Yes, these lectures are getting longer. I hope to stop that precedent next week, and try to curb my enthusiasm a bit.

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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 7

March 15th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Lecture 7, for your listening enjoyment: Hegel, historical dialectics, and the progress of reason. A little longer than usual, because there was a lot to say.

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SIS-301 Spring 2012 supplemental lecture

March 8th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The diagrams we drew on the board in class this week — and, full disclosure, that’s not the first time I have used such diagrams — seemed to need a supplemental lecture of their own, as we gather our thoughts before diving into Hegel for the week after the break. Accordingly, here’s a supplemental lecture on the differences in modes of authority between Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant. Plus some thoughts on universal Reason.

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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 6

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Lecture 6, Kant. Longer lecture than usual, because with Kant, there is usually a lot more to say.

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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 5

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Now, after the Vienna interlude, back to our regularly scheduled program: the weekly lectures for SIS-301 “Theories of International Politics.” This week, lecture #5, on Rousseau, in which I suggest that Rousseau is something of a constructivist.

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ECPR PoS lecture 5

February 17th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

And now for the grand finale of “PTJ Live in Vienna 2012”: lecture #5, on reflexive theory. Truth to tell I think I said in this lecture somewhat better what I said in Chapter 6 of the C of I book; the theme is the same but the development is somewhat altered for the better.

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ECPR PoS lecture 4

February 16th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The fourth in the epic series. Today’s topic: mind-world monism and why it isn’t subjectivism or idealism, but instead terminates methodologically in the form of ideal-typical analysis championed by Max Weber (with a liberal dash of Dewey and the later Wittgenstein). Three boxes down, one to go.

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ECPR PoS lecture 3

February 15th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The third in the ongoing series. Today’s topic: philosophical realism, and why it is neither just a modified form of neopositivism nor just a quasi-theological statement about metaphysical objects and their properties.

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ECPR PoS lecture 2

February 14th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The second lecture in my five-lecture series “PTJ Live in Vienna.” But no Grammy for me, at least not this year. Today we have a discussion of Popper, falsification, and the strange hybrid of logical positivism and Popperian falsification that is contemporary neopositivism, plus a quick spin through my four-part typology of methodological positions based on wagers about the mind-world hook-up (philosophical ontology).

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ECPR PoS lecture 1

February 14th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The first lecture from my European Consortium on Political Research week-long intensive course in the philosophy of science — this is the overview and some initial discussions of Vienna Circle logical positivism. Note that this is a 150mb file both because the lecture is about an hour and a half long — lots to say at the beginning of the class! — and because it’s a .mov file encoded with an MPEG-4 codec (could have been worse, my initial attempt was about 300mb!) rather than the .m4a slides-plus-audio that ProfCast used to be able to make for me. Sadly that technology seems to be too unreliable. But hopefully in the era of fat Internet pipelines the file size will not be too much of a problem.

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