International Law in the Post-Cold War World: Essays in Memory of Li Haopei

International Law in the Post-Cold War World: Essays in Memory of Li Haopei

International Law in the Post-Cold War World: Essays in Memory of Li Haopei

International Law in the Post-Cold War World: Essays in Memory of Li Haopei

Synopsis

Centering on the theme of 'progressiveness', this powerful volume offers important new perspectives on the history, theory and practice of international law. Covering topics of great contemporary relevance such as the use of force, human rights and sovereignty, this book is of essential interest to lawyers, historians and political scientists.

Excerpt

The concept of change—of its necessity and inevitability in the World Community in which we all live today—has been defined or codified by the historian of science, Kuhn, in his celebrated formulation of the “paradigm shift”. There are elements in this formulation of the thinking of the late 19th century U.S. philosophers, William James and John Dewey, that truth—scientific truth—is not an abstract quality inherent in an idea but something that happens to it: it is validated operationally by the passage of historical events. On the Kuhn thesis, revolutionary change in scientific thinking, in the Natural Sciences, but of necessity also in the Social Sciences, occurs less by linear projection or incremental extension from

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1 Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962).

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