Rediscoveries and Reformulations: Humanistic Methodologies for International Studies

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Rediscoveries and Reformulations: Humanistic Methodologies for International Studies

By Hayward R. Alker
Cambridge University Press, 1996
464 pp. $69.95
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This collection of previously published essays attempts to bridge the gap between the utterly disparate worlds the author has straddled over the past few decades -- mathematically based positivist social science and humanistic studies with a strong post-modern flavor. Alker's discussions of Aristotle and the "Jesus narrative," while interesting in themselves, will be of limited use to most foreign affairs specialists, and his attempt to make textual narratives "testable" is dubious. The book is worth it, however, for the essay critiquing realist theories that assume the existence of international anarchy and see game theory as the only approach to understanding international cooperation.