Transcending Postmodernism

  • Morton A. Kaplan
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

  3. A World View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 43-63
    3. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 88-110
  4. Analytics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 113-135
    3. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 136-147
  5. Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 151-162
    3. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 163-167
    4. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 168-184
  6. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 187-195
    3. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 196-218
    4. Morton A. Kaplan, Inanna Hamati-Ataya
      Pages 219-232
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-247

About this book

Introduction

Contemporary philosophy is torn between a reliance on the pragmatic meanings of designated objects and a foundation based on formal theory. This book shows that philosophical knowledge, which no more has a terminal state than an infinite set has a last term, advances when the dialectical relationship between the two approaches is synthesized. The choice of designations is intimately related to theory and the form of theory is intimately related to the character of designated objects. The intimate dialectical relationship between theory and meaning is explored in detail in the area of international theory. The recent emphasis on realism rests on a regressive misunderstanding of the dialectical relationship between theory and practice that loses Newton's acute understanding of it, an understanding that underlies the great advances of physics, and that is lost in the contemporary social sciences.

Keywords

Postmodernism Pragmatism Systems Theory International Theory Kaplan constitution democracy inquiry John Rawls knowledge Ludwig Wittgenstein philosophy postmodernism realism reason systems theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Morton A. Kaplan
    • 1
  • Inanna Hamati-Ataya
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of AberystwythUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137358578
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47123-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-35857-8
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