The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations

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Januar 2005



The definition of realism is often debated by students of international politics. Thinkers such as Rousseau, Hobbes and Morgenthau are claimed as central to the realist tradition, but in this book Michael Williams re-evaluates their positions. He argues that such thinkers were not concerned with methodological issues of rationality and anarchy, as commonly interpreted by contemporary realist scholars. Rather, they wanted to establish political practices for leaders which would ensure order. This original interpretation of major thinkers will interest scholars of international relations and the history of ideas.


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.


Michael C. Williams is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published widely in both International Relations theory and security studies, including articles in International Organization and International Studies Quarterly.


"If we needed any more evidence of realism's resurgence in the field of International Relations, then Michael C. Williams's original and thought-provoking book on the realist tradition should serve as the final testament ... This is a book that all realists and their critics should ponder.' International Affairs 'This book makes an important contribution to recent efforts to reinterpret realism.' Political Studies Review
EAN: 9780521534758
ISBN: 0521534755
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Internati'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 236 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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