From epistemology to practice: a sociology of science for international relations

  • Christian Bueger

Without question there is no shortage of reflexivity in the discipline of International Relations (IR), to the extent that after several ‘grand debates’ and numerous ‘turns’, it seems to have reached a certain intellectual ‘surfeit’. One of the reasons is certainly that many of the questions concerned are not logically solvable, and that debates on reflexivity tend to become affective if not religious from time to time. Another reason is that debates are often scholastic, and have nothing to do with either the social life of the researchers or the objects studied. This surfeit should not, however, be an argument for refraining from reflexive exercises. After all, standards of reflexivity are what distinguish scientific practices from those of other knowledge producers. Instead, this observation should lead us to reconsider the connection between the abstract, theoretical, conceptual and the practical everyday. Therefore, this contribution argues for an extended understanding of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Bueger
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsSchool of European Studies, Cardiff UniversityWalesUnited Kingdom

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