Beginnings to a political philosophy of international development : epistemology and the limits of reason.
Thesis DisciplineEuropean Studies
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis brings a philosophical perspective to the study of international development. It suggests that the debates which characterize international development discourse can be usefully understood at the level of underlying epistemological assumptions. The philosophical schools considered are liberalism and postmodernism. The argument made is that the nature of many disagreements in international development discourse exist not at the level of practice and detail, but at the level of epistemological starting points.