POLB81H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Human Nature, Collective Security

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12 Jun 2012
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In essence, we reflect on the events that occur and from that we can devise a theoretical framework for understanding those events and for examining future events. But once we have constructed a specific theoretical lens for viewing the world, that construct can influence how we respond to future events and how we think about what we are doing. Thus, theory can be both a constraining and facilitating device. It can be used to limit agency or it can cause agents to act by providing reasons for them to do so. Sir thomas more first introduced this term utopia" in his work describing the ideal city-state. Utopianism: the ideology that holds that there is a perfect future that people can hope to achieve. Many western scholars assume that utopia is unrealizable/unreachable and see those who believe it as hopeless daydreamers. They call utopian mode of thinking irrational unrealistic and unpragmatic.

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