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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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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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