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Making Sense of History? Thinking about International Relations

Globalistics and Globalization Studies (Aspects & Dimensions of Global Views). ISBN 978-5-7057-4028-4. Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2014
Can international relations (IR) be a distinctive discipline? In the present paper I argue that such a discipline would be a social science that could be formalized within the perspective of comparative paradigms. The objections to scientific methods are thus overcome by the logic of international oppositions; in other words, a model takes several paradigms into account and considers three kinds of foreign relations (enemy, friend, and rival) in the light of three main questions: what is IR about (ontology); what does relate therein (epistemology); and how to assess such a relation (logic).