Scheuerman shows Morgenthau to be an uneasy Realist,uncomfortable with conventional notions of Realism and sometimesunsure whether his reflections should be grouped under its rubric.He was a powerful critic of the existing state system and defendedthe idea of a world state. By highlighting Morgenthau’sengagement with the leading lights of European political and legaltheory, Scheuerman argues that he developed a morally demandingpolitical ethics and an astute diagnosis of the unprecedentedperils posed by nuclear weaponry. Believing that theirrationalities of US foreign policy were rooted partly in domesticfactors, he sympathized with demands for radical political andsocial change. Scheuerman illustrates that Morgenthau’sthinking has been widely misunderstood by both disciples andcritics and that it offers many challenges to contemporary Realistswho discount his normative aspirations. With the advent of thecosmopolitan goal of international reform, Morgenthau’s workserves up an unsettling mix of sympathy and hard-headed skepticismwhich remains crucially important in the development of thefield.
Lucidly and persuasively written, this book will be a valuableresource for students and scholars seeking to understand thecontinued importance of Morgenthau’s thinking.
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Table of Contents
List of abbreviations x
Introduction: Morgenthau’s uneasy Realism 1
1 Radical roots of Realism 11
2 Morality, power, and tragedy 40
3 Defending the national interest 70
4 Politics among nations and beyond 101
5 Utopian Realism and the bomb 135
6 Vietnam and the crisis of American democracy 165
Conclusion: Morgenthau as classical Realist? 196