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Reactions To The Critical Challenge

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Sustained reactions to the critical challenge to international law from the disciplinary mainstream. Sustained reactions to the critical challenge from the disciplinary mainstream that is, those committed to the ideal of neutrality that characterises the modern problematic are more notable for their absence than for any substantive content. There have, however, been a number of different attempts, more or less developed, to engage with it, that can, the author think, be loosely grouped under three broad approaches: instrumental pragmatism, positivism, and hermeneutics. This chapter provides a brief but critical outline of these suggested strategies. It illustrates how far they are from effecting the final and compelling resolution of the discipline's foundational contradictions that they seek, and thus to provide further justification of both the reasonableness and the importance of the task.

Keywords: critical challenge; disciplinary mainstream; hermeneutics; instrumental pragmatism; positivism; sustained reactions

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