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The Art of Creating PowerFreedman on Strategy$
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Benedict Wilkinson and James Gow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851163.001.0001

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Confessions of a Premature Constructivist

Confessions of a Premature Constructivist

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(p.309) 17 Confessions of a Premature Constructivist
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The Art of Creating Power
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Lawrence Freedman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851163.003.0018

This chapter explores Freedman’s self-reflective characterization as a ‘premature constructivist’ and notes that Peter Katzenstein once called him a ‘realist constructivist.’ It explores the sociology of knowledge, the importance of intellectual leadership and language, and, most importantly, argues that understanding how knowledge is socially constructed need not lead to a loss of confidence in its validity. This concluding point in the confession of a premature constructivist is the starting point for strategists, scriptural scholars and constructivist realists – all versions of the same intellectual approach described and espoused by Freedman, and all appropriate to students of war and peace.

Keywords:   Constructivist, Peter Katzenstein, Freedman, Realist constructivist, Premature constructivist

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