Morgenthau_s Realism - Morgenthau's Realism A Discourse on...

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Morgenthau's Realism A Discourse on Power A Realist Theory of International Politics Political behavior is governed by laws Human nature determines those laws Human nature, as evidenced by 'historical precedent (4)', creates an imperfect world Realist Theory Society will seek: “the ever temporary balancing of interests and the ever precarious settlement of conflict”, aiming “. ..at the realization of the lesser evil than the abstract good(3)” Political Realism Given the preceding understanding of human natures, nation-states will act in accordance with their interests. National interest is defined in terms of power, regardless of the long term goals of the state. Power “Power may compromise anything that establishes and maintains the control of man over man. Thus power covers all social relationships.(11)” Assessment of Power Power is desired “not only for what it can do but for itself. The desire for it is almost like original sin, unattractive, deplorable, and regrettable, but inescapable”. (Kagan 6-7)
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2010 for the course INTA 2100 taught by Professor Salamone during the Summer '06 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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