Ontological Relativity and Other Essays
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Traditionally, stability in Asia has relied on America's bilateral alliances with Japan, Australia, and the Republic of Korea. Yet in recent years, emergent and more active multilateral forums& mdash;such as the Six-Party Talks on North Korea and the East Asia Summit& mdash;have taken precedence, engendering both cooperation and competition while reflecting the local concerns of the region.Some are concerned that this process is moving toward less-inclusive, bloc-based "talking shops" and that the future direction and success of these arrangements, along with their implications for global and regional security and prosperity, remain unclear. The fifteen contributors to this volume, all leading scholars in the field, provide national perspectives on regional institutional architecture and their functional challenges. They illuminate areas of cooperation that will move the region toward substantive collaboration, convergence of norms, and strengthened domestic institutions. They also highlight the degree to which institution building in Asia& mdash;a region composed of liberal democracies, authoritarian regimes, and anachronistic dictatorships& mdash;has become an arena for competition among major powers and conflicting norms, and assess the future shape of Asian security architecture., reviewing a previous edition or volumeshow more

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  • Paperback | 165 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Columbia University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Ill.
  • 0231083572
  • 9780231083577
  • 373,760

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This volume consists of the first of the John Dewey Lectures delivered under the auspices of Columbia University's Philosophy Department as well as other essays by the author. Intended to clarify the meaning of the philosophical doctrines propounded by Professor Quine in 'Word and Objects, ' the essays included herein both support and expand those doctrines.show more

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"An excellent textbook for students and scholars in international relations, political science, and Asian studies, and even for diplomats and policy makers." -- Alon Levkowitz, H-US-Japanshow more

Table of contents

Speaking of ObjectsOntological RelativityEpistemology NaturalizedNatural KindsPropositional Objectsshow more

About W. V. Quine

Michael J. Green is the Japan Chair and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University. He has served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council. His publications include Japan's Reluctant Realism and Arming Japan.Bates Gill is the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He previously held the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies and was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies and the inaugural director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy.show more
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