File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2000/bhaskar.0002, message 23

Subject: RE: BHA: P.S. on relativism
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 14:23:28 -0000

Hi Ruth,

Sayer's book is called Realism and Social Science. Also, on this issue you
could do a lot worse than look at Chris Norris, "Against Relativism:
Philosophy of Science, Deconstruction and Critical Theory", or Norris "New
Idols of the Cave", or, Norris "Reclaiming Truth". There is also something
by someone called Little called "Varieties of Relativism", and then have a
look at Susan Haacks' "Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate" (a personal
favourite), and Felipe Fernadez-Armesto "Truth: A History and a Guide for
the Perplexed". Then, of course, you could check Kuhn's own critical
comments re the strong incommensurability thesis and a lot of these can be
found in my REM inspired piece: Colin Wight, 'Incommensurability and Cross
Paradigm Communication in International Relations Theory: What's the
Frequency Kenneth?', Millennium (Vol. 25, No. 2, 1996), pp. 291-319.

Your problem with this issue is not finding refs to it but knowing where to


=================================Dr. Colin Wight
Department of International Politics
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Tel: 01970 621769
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Ruth Groff
> Sent: 16 February 2000 13:57
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> Subject: Re: BHA: P.S. on relativism
> Hi Nick, Carrol and Marsh,
> Thanks so much for all of your help.  I actually *OWN* that collection
> edited by Baynes et al!  I'll go pull it out right now.
> While I'm at it, I tried to follow up on Steve's suggestion that
> I look at a
> new book by Andrew Sayer, called (as I understood it) Realism and Social
> Theory.  Nobody here seems to list it -- not even Amazon.  Am I mixed up
> about the title?
> Thanks again for the help.  [This is as close as it gets to my fantasy of
> having one of those holodecks (sp?) that they have on Star Trek.  I always
> think it would be so cool to be able to dial up a philosopher as needed,
> like how Captain Janeway goes off to hang out with Galileo in her
> free time.]
> Warmly,
> Ruth
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