The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations

The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations

by Michael C. Williams, Williams Michael C.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521827523

ISBN-13: 9780521827522

Pub. Date: 01/31/2005

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

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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:
9780521827522
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #100
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(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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