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对我的新书The Social Evolution of International Politics的赞辞

(2013-04-25 18:47:39)
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博主按:以下是四位人士对我的新书的赞辞。分享一下。Sterling-Folker and Spruyt都是我认为在国际关系学界,对(社会)进化多多少少有些了解的人士,所以请(她)他们写了一个东东。Jervis和Lebow对我一直都很提携,尽管我觉得这次他们的措辞都比较“低调”。哈哈

 

另外,Jervis还特意私下说, "PS: Mearsheimer, Walt & others argue that students & young scholars are turning away from theories--maybe this will bring some of them back."

 

Endorsements for

The Social Evolution of International Politics

(Oxford University Press, 2013)

 

In this exciting new book, Tang argues for a Social Evolution Paradigm (SEP) as the basis of social scientific and international relations theorizing. Simultaneously provocative and insightful, Tang provides an historically sweeping account of international political transformations and their relationship to theories of international relations. In so doing, Tang provides ample evidence that his approach encourages better understanding not just of international politics but also of how we have and should study it.

 

Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut

 

Professor Shiping Tang advances a bold and provocative argument. He submits that human society has historically evolved from relatively benign relations in hunter-gatherer societies, to offensive realism systems, then to defensive realism systems, and finally to a more institutionally rule-based international system. Prevalent international relations theories, such as realism and liberalism, are historically contingent rather than trans-historical theories. Tang’s social evolutionary account aims to encompass these prevalent arguments while providing a broad overview of the international system from its beginning to the present day.

 

Hendrik Spruyt, Director of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, and Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations, Northwestern University

 

In social science “evolution” is usually used as a metaphor, but in his insightful and important study Shiping Tang takes it serious and shows how IR has actually evolved.  In doing so he revises and reconciles many of our familiar theories and casts a fresh and fascinating light on the inter-relations among war, states, and societies. A truly sweeping account.

 

Robert Jervis, Columbia University, author of System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life.

 

 

Shiping Tang has produced a non-determinist and non-reductionist approach to social evolution that is distinct from and critical of evolutionary psychology. His version of a beneficial mutation is a good idea, which may triumph depending on context and the power of its supporters. His approach is the kind of good idea that with the right friends may encourage the evolution of international relations.

 

Richard Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and James O. Freedman Presidential Professor, Emeritus, Dartmouth College.

 

Description of the Book

 

Deploying an original ‘Social Evolution Paradigm (SEP)’ and drawing from anthropology, evolutionary biology, and international relations, this book advances a sweeping account of the systemic transformation of international politics. More specifically, the book shows how the nasty and brutish Hobbesian/offensive realism world that many of us take for granted had evolved from an Eden-like paradise; how the Hobbesian world had self-transformed into a more peaceful, defensive realism world from 1648 to 1945; and how some regions of the post-1945 world have become more rule-based and peaceful. The book critically engages with all the key grand theories of international politics and provides neat solutions to some of the ‘great debates’ between those theories, from offensive realism to defensive realism, neoliberalism, the English School, and constructivism. This book is essential reading for scholars and students of international politics and of interest to those working in anthropology, sociology, political science, and social sciences in general.

 

Shiping Tang is Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is also the author of A General Theory of Institutional Change, A Theory of Security Strategy for Our Time: Defensive Realism, and many articles.

 

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