In 2012, the University of Chicago Press published a special fiftieth anniversary edition of Thomas Kuhnâ€Ÿs influential book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn, who died of lung cancer in 1996, was a physicist trained at Harvard University and is best known for his work on the history and philosophy of science. His interpretation of the evolution of science and the concept of â€žparadigm changeâ€Ÿ have had a major impact on our understanding of intellectual life, both in the physical sciences and in the social sciences. This paper briefly reviews Kuhnâ€Ÿs approach, and then applies it to an analysis of the current state of International Relations theory in a critique of Realism. My argument is that Realism, as what Kuhn would call â€žnormal scienceâ€Ÿ in International Relations theory, is in crisis because of its inability to explain a growing number of anomalies, which in turn can be better explained by a different paradigm, Cooperative Security.
|Commissioning body||Department of International Relations, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|