Richard Ned Lebow


On his book Forbidden Fruit: Counterfactuals and International Relations

Cover Interview of April 06, 2010


The significance of this book is two fold.

The first is methodological, a word and concept that might seem far-removed from real-world concerns.  But methods guide our thinking and can lead us into counterproductive, even disastrous, political, economic and social policies.  By developing the counterfactual method, I aspire to improve policy analysis.

More importantly, counterfactuals provide alternate worlds from which we can observe our own from distance and think with more detachment about it and about us.  This is essential to probe not only how our world works but who we are and how we have become ourselves.

© 2010 Richard Ned Lebow