By Kazuko Hirose Kawaguchi
The skill to form one's personal destiny-to make judgements at the foundation of one's personal beliefs and goals-is a uniquely human attribute. it's shared by means of the teams that humans fonn-peoples, international locations, and different communities--each certain by means of a standard future. The very lifestyles of alternative contributors and teams that experience this attribute nearly promises that there'll be conflicts between them. And but it's also human to wish to discover universal floor with others. whilst members or teams emphasize their modifications, the result's clash; once they locate universal flooring, cooperation turns into attainable. even though, even if it seems that cooperative efforts have resolved the assets of clash, no longer all clash will disappear. clash is a normal a part of all human interplay. either clash and cooperation exist concurrently. All social phenomena can finally be decreased to the query of ways those human features are reconciled and allowed to coexist at the comparable plane.
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The same thinking can be applied to normative conditional propositions or models. Thus, the building of a model by a mathematical method exposes the strengths and weaknesses of that model and enables theoretical development thereof. A model is not a product of metaphysics. It almost always retains its hypothetical character, and it always can be improved. We can easily discern what has been abstracted and what has been omitted from a model. Therefore, if the validity of the model when applied to reality is questioned, one can easily trace the cause of its alleged insufficiency and propose a better model if that is necessary.
Moreover, change does not occur in a linear progression from one system to another. Conservative and reformist positions coexist and compete, and change intermingles with backlash, so that in the short term it is impossible to tell whether there has been any alteration in the structure of international relations or in international law. But over the long term, and in terms of results, one can see that change is taking place. The movement to outlaw war, the first signs of which appeared at the end of the nineteenth century, gradually achieved concrete results during the twentieth century in the form of various treaties, including the Covenant of the League of Nations (1919) and the Treaty for the Renunciation of War as an Instrument of National Policy (1928).
4 For this condition to hold, there must be no inconsistency among the limiting conditions. If this condition holds, the actions of each actor or the variables that represent those actions can be uniquely determined. However, the equilibrium solution is not always a point; it can also be a process. In the former case the equilibrium is static, while in the latter it is dynamic. A process that satisfies this first condition for an equilibrium system is known simply as a system. (ii) An equilibrium solution must actually exist and be meaningful.
A Social Theory of International Law: International Relations as a Complex System by Kazuko Hirose Kawaguchi