1:31:12 - PHI363 Lecture 5 1/31/12 Introduction to...

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PHI363 Lecture 5 1/31/12 Introduction to Classical Realism 1. Realism- the things we have discussed –(i) into to morality; (ii) intro to realism; and (iii) intro to the state and the international state system. 2. Reminder about realism- descriptive (a theory about the way the world works): (i) states are the most important actors of international politics (not MNC’s or NGO’s etc); (ii) states inhabit an anarchic world and must rely on their own self-help; (iii) states face a security dilemma- Their defense is perceived by others as offense, and (iv) states employ a balance of power to protect themselves from others. 3. Realism as a prescriptive doctrine – states ought to pursue their own self-interest. a. You make yourself safer by increasing your power, however, then your neighbors increase their power because they now see you as a threat. b. Must compete with enemies with finding allies 4. Egypt and Israel – Lockerbie and Drones 5. Thucydides (c.460 BC – c. 395 BCE). An Athenian who wrote the Peloponnesian
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course PHI 363 taught by Professor Davidmorgan during the Spring '12 term at Syracuse.

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1:31:12 - PHI363 Lecture 5 1/31/12 Introduction to...

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