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    International Relations Theory and the Ukrainian War.Richard Ned Lebow - 2022 - Analyse & Kritik 44 (1):111-135.
    Drawing on my qualitative and quantitative research I show that the motives for war have changed in the course of the last four centuries, and that the causes of war and the responses of others to the use of force are shaped by society. Leaders who start wars rarely behave with the substantive and instrumental rationality assumed by realist and rationalist approaches. For this reason, historically they lose more than half wars than they start. After 1945, the frequency of failure (...)
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  2. The Tragic Vision of Politics: Ethics, Interests and Orders.Richard Ned Lebow - 2003 - Cambridge University Press.
    Is it possible to preserve national security through ethical policies? Richard Ned Lebow seeks to show that ethics are actually essential to the national interest. Recapturing the wisdom of classical realism through a close reading of the texts of Thucydides, Clausewitz and Hans Morgenthau, Lebow argues that, unlike many modern realists, classic realists saw close links between domestic and international politics, and between interests and ethics. Lebow uses this analysis to offer a powerful critique of post-Cold War American foreign policy. (...)
     
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    The Politics and Ethics of Identity: In Search of Ourselves.Richard Ned Lebow - 2012 - Cambridge University Press.
    Introduction -- Narratives and identity -- Homer, Virgil and identity -- Mozart and the enlightenment -- Germans and Greeks -- Beam me up, Lord -- Science fiction and immortality -- Identity reconsidered.
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    Max Weber’s ethics.Richard Ned Lebow - 2019 - Journal of International Political Theory 16 (3):305-322.
    I offer a critique of Weber’s two ethics. The first layer is internal and concerned with their logics. The second layer considers the external knowledge necessary to apply them appropriately and ar...
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    Thumos, war, and peace.Richard Ned Lebow - 2015 - Common Knowledge 21 (1):50-82.
    This contribution to the Common Knowledge symposium “Peace by Other Means” argues that the drive for self-esteem, achieved by gaining honor or standing, has been a root cause of violent conflict and war throughout history and that peace-making that does not take account of what the Greeks called thumos is bound to fail. Using an original data set of all wars since 1648 involving great or rising powers, the essay shows how wars associated with honor, standing, and revenge, all expressions (...)
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  6. Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations.Richard Ned Lebow & Mark Irving Lichbach (eds.) - 2007 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This book explores the epistemology and the methodology of political knowledge and social inquiry. What can we know, and how do we know? Friedrich V. Kratochwil and Ted Hopf question all foundational claims of inquiry and envisage science as a self-reflective practice. Brian Pollins and Fred Chernoff accept their arguments to some degree and explore the implications for logical positivism. David A. Waldner, Jack Levy, and Andrew Lawrence address the purpose and methods of research. They debate the role of explanation (...)
     
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    Constructing Cause in International Relations.Richard Ned Lebow - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Cause is a problematic concept in social science, as in all fields of knowledge. We organise information in terms of cause and effect to impose order on the world, but this can impede a more sophisticated understanding. In his latest book, Richard Ned Lebow reviews understandings of cause in physics and philosophy and concludes that no formulation is logically defensible and universal in its coverage. This is because cause is not a feature of the world but a cognitive shorthand we (...)
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  8. Social science as case-based diagnostics.Steven Bernstein, Richard Ned Lebow, Janice Gross Stein & Steven Weber - 2007 - In Richard Ned Lebow & Mark Irving Lichbach (eds.), Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Palgrave-Macmillan.
  9. Ethics and International Relations: A Tragic Perspective.Richard Ned Lebow - 2020 - Cambridge University Press.
    Lebow demonstrates that foreign policies consistent with generally accepted ethical norms are more likely to succeed, and those at odds with them to fail. Constructing original data sets and analyzing multiple case studies, Lebow makes an empirical case for ethics in international relations. His approach looks to create a productive dialogue between those who ask primarily 'ought' questions and those who pose 'is' questions. The former want to establish appropriate criteria for the behaviour of state and non-state actors and the (...)
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  10. Justice and International Order: East and West.Richard Ned Lebow - 2022 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    We compare Western and Chinese conceptions of justice, ancient and modern. We argue that most can be reduced to the principles of fairness and equality, although they are developed and expressed quite differently in the two cultures. In the modern era there has been a noticeable shift in both in favouring equality over fairness. In ancient and modern times there is greater variation regarding justice within each culture than there is between them. This overlap, and arguably in some ways convergence, (...)
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  11. Justice, East and West, and International Order.Richard Ned Lebow - 2022 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    We compare Western and Chinese conceptions of justice, ancient and modern. We argue that most can be reduced to the principles of fairness and equality, although they are developed and expressed quite differently in the two cultures. In the modern era there has been a noticeable shift in both in favouring equality over fairness. In ancient and modern times there is greater variation regarding justice within each culture than there is between them. This overlap, and arguably in some ways convergence, (...)
     
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  12. Max Weber and international relations.Richard Ned Lebow (ed.) - 2017 - New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    Max Weber explored the political, epistemological and ethical problems of modernity, and understood how closely connected they were. His efforts are imaginative, sophisticated, even inspiring, but also flawed. Weber's epistemological successes and failures highlight unresolvable tensions that are just as pronounced today and from which we have much to learn. This edited collection of essays offers novel readings of Weber's politics, approach to knowledge, rationality, counterfactuals, ideal types, power, bureaucracy, the state, history, and the non-Western world. The conclusions look at (...)
     
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  13. Reason and Cause: Social Science and the Social World.Richard Ned Lebow - 2020 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Philosophy and social science assume that reason and cause are objective and universally applicable concepts. Through close readings of ancient and modern philosophy, history and literature, Richard Ned Lebow demonstrates that these concepts are actually specific to time and place. He traces their parallel evolution by focusing on classical Athens, the Enlightenment through Victorian England, and the early twentieth century. This important book shows how and why understandings of reason and cause have developed and evolved, in response to what kind (...)
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  14. Richard Ned Lebow: Essential Texts on Classics, History, Ethics, and International Relations.Richard Ned Lebow (ed.) - 2016 - Cham: Imprint: Springer.
    This last one out of four volumes by Richard Ned Lebow in this book series focuses on various fields of social sciences and their connection to international politics. The author writes about topics in psychology, tragedy, and ethics. All of these fields are being put into relation with political aspects, especially international relations.
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  15. Richard Ned Lebow: Key Texts in Political Psychology and International Relations Theory.Richard Ned Lebow (ed.) - 2016 - Cham: Imprint: Springer.
    This third out of four volumes by Richard Ned Lebow in this book series includes texts on psychology and international relations, causation, counterfactual analysis. The political psychology contributions draw on richer, ancient Greek understandings of the psyche and offer novel insights into strategies of conflict management, the role of emotions in international relations, and the modern fixation on identity.
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  16. Richard Ned Lebow: Major Texts on Methods and Philosophy of Science.Richard Ned Lebow (ed.) - 2016 - Cham: Imprint: Springer.
    This book about the philosophy of science is the second out of four volumes by Richard Ned Lebow in this book series. It not only provides a useful overview of this broad topic, but also provides deeper insight into specific topics like the philosophy of science causation, epistemology and methods, and especially on counter factual analysis.
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  17. Restoring order : the ancient Greeks on taming honor and appetite.Richard Ned Lebow - 2016 - In Laurie Johnson & Dan Demetriou (eds.), Honor in the Modern World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Lexington.
     
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    Social Inquiry and Political Knowledge.Richard Ned Lebow & Mark Lichbach (eds.) - 2007 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This book explores the epistemology and the methodology of political knowledge and social inquiry. What can we know, and how do we know? Friedrich V. Kratochwil and Ted Hopf question all foundational claims of inquiry and envisage science as a self-reflective practice. Brian Pollins and Fred Chernoff accept their arguments to some degree and explore the implications for logical positivism. David A. Waldner, Jack Levy, and Andrew Lawrence address the purpose and methods of research. They debate the role of explanation (...)
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    The Quest for Knowledge in International Relations: How Do We Know?Richard Ned Lebow - 2022 - Cambridge University Press.
    What do we mean by theory in international relations? What kinds of knowledge do theories seek? How do they stipulate it is found? How should we evaluate any resulting knowledge claims? What do answers to these questions tell us about the theory project in IR, and in the social sciences more generally? Lebow explores these questions in a critical evaluation of the positivist and interpretivist epistemologies. He identifies tensions and problems specific to each epistemology, and some shared by both, and (...)
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  20. What can we know? How do we know?Richard Ned Lebow - 2007 - In Richard Ned Lebow & Mark Irving Lichbach (eds.), Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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    Introduction: Greco-Latin Findings.Jeffrey M. Perl, Sara Forsdyke, Colin Davis, Richard Ned Lebow & Yvonne Friedman - 2015 - Common Knowledge 21 (1):10-18.
    In this introduction to part 2 of the Common Knowledge symposium “Peace by Other Means,” the journal's editor reflects on the difference between the contributions to parts 1 and 2. Whereas the first installment concentrated on ethnography, the second focuses on the peacemaking repertoire of the Greco-Latin tradition, whose basis is psychological. That tradition is characterized by its refusal of wishful thinking about human nature and, in particular, by its doubt about claims that human drives other than thumos — the (...)
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    Practical Judgement in International Political Theory: Selected Essays, Chris Brown , 320 pp., $135 cloth, $44.95 paper. [REVIEW]Richard Ned Lebow - 2011 - Ethics and International Affairs 25 (2):235-237.
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    German Jews and American Realism.Richard Ned Lebow - 2011 - Constellations 18 (4):545-566.