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Entanglements in World Politics: The Power of Uncertainty


Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University

Why are analysts of world politics, and social scientists more generally, so often caught by surprise by unexpected turns in world events? And why do they focus only on risk and exclude uncertainty from their investigations? The answer is Newtonian humanism - a worldview that provides the foundation for all of our conventional theories and models. Join Peter J. Katzenstein, the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, for a discussion on what he terms Post-Newtonianism and Hyper-humanism, as well as the importance of the unexpected and the unpredicted in world politics.


Global, Lecture/Talk, Politics