International relations theory is divided between positivist and post-positivist approaches. What are the primary contentions of this debate? Is it possible to identify relevant authors and explain one example from both perspectives in the IR theory literature? Are there specific strengths and weaknesses associated with these selected theoretical frameworks? Finally, does the positivist or post-positivist literature offer the most promise for the future of international relations theory?
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