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Naomi Head

because we are caught between the promise (if that is what it is) of a cosmopolitan legal order, and the critical realism of classical international law. The statist bias and foundation of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, serves to keep this paradox static, as it is hard to envisage member states concurring with the transition from Westphalian international law to a new ‘cosmopolitan

in Justifying violence
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Robin Wilson

. There is, moreover, an epistemological critique here, informed by ‘critical realism’ (Benton and Craib, 2001; Sayer, 2000), which recognises that science is a social activity but that real objects are independent of it. Critical realism distinguishes the real world from interpretive schemata and scripts utilised by social actors to comprehend it. As Brubaker (2004: 81) argues, ‘race, ethnicity and

in The Northern Ireland experience of conflict and agreement
Heikki Patomäki

the basics of the critical realist alternative, see Heikki Patomäki, ‘How to Tell Better Stories About World Politics’, European Journal of International Relations , vol. 2, no. 1 (1996); and Heikki Patomäki and Colin Wight, ‘After Post-Positivism: The Promise of Critical Realism’, International Studies Quarterly , vol. 44, no. 2 (June 2000

in Mapping European security after Kosovo