Andrew Exum

Ross Douthat’s War on Theory

I have been following the reporting out of Egypt with the same interest as other onlookers, and I share their ignorance. I know very little about Egypt and do not feel competent to offer predictions, much less advocate for one or the other position on the questions posed to the United States by events in that country.

Andrew Exum and the Philosophy of Science

Andrew Exum suggests a “manifesto…for those using quantitative analysis to study war/Hippocratic Oath for Quantitative Analysis in Security Studies” here.  I think there are two different critiques lurking in there, but his presentation of his list muddles them together.  The first critique is mostly about the importance of modesty in social science, but the second seems quite like an assault on the very idea of social science.

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