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The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations / Edition 1
     

The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations / Edition 1

by Michael C. Williams
 

ISBN-10: 0521534755

ISBN-13: 9780521534758

Pub. Date: 01/06/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Although thinkers such as Thucydides, Rousseau and Hobbes are considered central to the realist tradition, Michael Williams re-evaluates their positions. Arguing that such philosophers were not concerned with methodological issues of rationality and anarchy, as commonly interpreted, Williams asserts that they wanted to establish political practices for leaders

Overview

Although thinkers such as Thucydides, Rousseau and Hobbes are considered central to the realist tradition, Michael Williams re-evaluates their positions. Arguing that such philosophers were not concerned with methodological issues of rationality and anarchy, as commonly interpreted, Williams asserts that they wanted to establish political practices for leaders which would ensure order. His original interpretation of major thinkers will interest scholars of international relations and the history of ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521534758
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/06/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series , #100
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Sceptical states: Hobbes; 2. Rousseau, realism and realpolitik; 3. Hans Morgenthau and the historical construction of realism; 4. The tyranny of false polarities; 5. The ethic of responsibility.

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