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2:2:12 - PHI363 LECTURE 6 The strong do what they can the...

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PHI363 2/2/12 LECTURE 6 “The strong do what they can, the weak suffer what they must” Melian Dialogue Do I agree? Classical Realism Machiavelli (i) Statesmen ought to be prepared to set ethical considerations aside (such as “do not torture;” “do not assassinate foreign leaders”) to secure the state’s aims or goals “You must be prepared to act ruthlessly to secure the state’s goals.” Movie Elizabeth , Jeffery Rush Said it to Queen Elizabeth Note That Realism (i) has nothing to say about the content of the state’s aims or goals – (which might include, for example, ensuring the primacy of the Catholic faith; the spread of democratic governments; the triumph of global communism; or the return of an Islamic Caliphate) (ii) The primary aim or goal of foreign policy is the national interest (defined as relative power over other states). Note that realism (ii) does not rule out the possibility that a state might employ ethical
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