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14 - The Causal Paradox

from Part IV - Reason and Cause

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 April 2022

Richard Ned Lebow
Affiliation:
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
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Causal inference accordingly becomes more important in the very conditions that make it more difficult. When people feel less confident about discovering causes, they feel less able to control or manage their environment and correspondingly more at risk. They become insecure and vulnerable, and all the more so to the degree that their livelihood, status, or security depends on causal inference. People have strong instrumental and psychological motives to find ways around this dilemma. I identify and evaluate four generic strategies for coping with the causal dilemma in international relations theories

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  • The Causal Paradox
  • Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Book: The Quest for Knowledge in International Relations
  • Online publication: 07 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009106573.015
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  • The Causal Paradox
  • Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Book: The Quest for Knowledge in International Relations
  • Online publication: 07 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009106573.015
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  • The Causal Paradox
  • Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Book: The Quest for Knowledge in International Relations
  • Online publication: 07 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009106573.015
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