Man the state and war notes - Argues that the international...

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Argues that the international system provides the most convincing theoretical explanation as a source of international conflict compared to human nature and the organization of states. See Gourevitch for a discussion of the impact of the system on the internal organization of states - the second image reversed. First Image: Human Behavior 1. Wars result from selfishness, from misdirected aggressive impulses, from stupidity. If these are the primary causes, the elimination of war must come through uplifting and enlightening men (p.16). 2. For pessimists, peace is at once a goal and a utopian dream, while optimists take seriously the proposition to reform the individual. Pessimists (Niebuhr, Morgenthau) have countered the theory of politics built on an optimistic definition of man but also expose the important error of exaggerating the causal importance of human nature. Since this nature is very complex, it can justify any hypothesis we may entertain. If men can be made good, then one must discover how to alter human nature. This expectation is often buried under the conviction that individual behavior is determined more by religious and spiritual inspiration rather than material circumstance. If man's evil qualities lead to wars, then one must worry about ways to repress them or compensate for them. Control rather
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2008 for the course POLI 160 taught by Professor Lipschutz during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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