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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 12

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The twelfth lecture in the series: theory and methodology, or, why we have to know something about methodology in order to figure out what is actually going on in a piece of theory.

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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 11

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The eleventh in the ongoing series. This week, relational theory: boundary processes and sovereign practices, especially the formation of identities.

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Audio of my remarks at the panel “Telling the Tale of Constructivism” at ISA 2012. An edited version of the text I spoke from and around will soon be a blog post over at Duck of Minerva.

Unfortunately this recording only contains my discussant comments, and neither of the musical performances by two of the panelists. Nor does it contain my singing of a verse of The Doors’ “The End” to close out the festivities. Guess you had to be there.

ISA 2012: Alkerian IR

April 5th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

My comments on the ISA-2012 panel on Alkerian IR. Recorded direct to iPad, so the quality is not as good as it is when I remember to bring my dedicated digital recorder with me.

SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 10

April 5th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The tenth lecture for this semester’s rendition of SIS-301: systems, structures, and what it means to think about theoretical explanations of world politics that don’t place individuals and their decisions at the center.

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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 9

March 29th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The ninth lecture for SIS-301: contemporary mainstream US IR theory, realism/liberalism/constructivism. And their fundamental similarity as different hypotheses — reductionist hypotheses — about state behavior.

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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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