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n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - The development of normative theory in International Relations : some practical implications for norm-based and value-based scholarly inquiry : research article

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The development of normative theory in International Relations : some practical implications for norm-based and value-based scholarly inquiry


This article attempts to assess the development and significance of normative theory in International Relations as an academic discipline. It is pointed out that a revival of normative concerns and issues in International Relations has transpired in recent decades, and that many scholars in International Relations today accept a proposition that scientific knowledge and inquiry in the discipline and its application should be underpinned or directed by a defensible normative commitment. It is furthermore pointed out that normative theory and some practical manifestations of norm-based and value-based scholarly inquiry in the discipline are a matter of great significance, since these issues relate to some moral and ethical dimensions of activities in the international community. The article concludes by asserting that the growth of normative theory in International Relations is also of great importance and significance for scholarly research from a Christian perspective.

Die ontwikkeling van normatiewe teorie in Internasionale Verhoudinge : enkele praktiese implikasies vir norm- en waardegebaseerde wetenskaplike ondersoek


Hierdie artikel poog om die ontwikkeling en betekenis van normatiewe teorie in Internasionale Verhoudinge as 'n akademiese dissipline te ondersoek. Daar word aangetoon dat normatiewe aangeleenthede en kwessies in Internasionale Verhoudinge opnuut van belang geraak het in die afgelope dekades, asook dat menige kenner van Internasionale Verhoudinge vandag aanvaar dat wetenskaplike kennis en ondersoek deur 'n normatief-verdedigbare verbintenis onderlĂȘ of gerig moet word. Daar word voorts aangetoon dat normatiewe teorie en sekere praktiese manifestasies van norm- en waarde-gebaseerde wetenskaplike ondersoek in die dissipline 'n saak van besondere belang is, omdat dit verband hou met bepaalde morele en etiese dimensies van aktiwiteit in die internasionale gemeenskap. Die artikel sluit met die standpunt dat die toenemende belangrikheid van normatiewe teorie in Internasionale Verhoudinge ook van besondere belang en betekenis is met betrekking tot wetenskaplike ondersoek vanuit 'n Christelike gesigspunt.

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