Political Theory and International Affairs: Hans J. Morgenthau on Aristotle's The Politics

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Political Science - 151 pages
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Hans J. Morgenthau is primarily considered a theorist of power politics, often associated with the six principles of realism and the national interest. Shedding new light on the theorist by digging into his archives to show his wide-ranging views on politics, these selected lectures demonstrate the broad set of political themes that were important to Morgenthau and his ability to engage classical political philosophy in a contemporary setting. This book reveals a scholar who drew on Aristotelian insights to understand the politics of the Mafia in New York City, regime change in Latin America, and the foreign policy of the United States.

Based on Aristotle's The Politics, these lectures discuss a wide spectrum of history and theory in order to examine the realm of politics. This collection serves as the only published seminars from Morgenthau, revealing him as both a teacher and a thinker. Topics include: Equality to Freedom; Ethics and Politics; Justice and Revolution.

 

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Contents

Politics and Political Science
15
Equality to Freedom
33
Law and Government
67
Ethics and Politics
91
Power Interests and the Common Good
103
Justice and Revolution
125
Select Annotated Bibliography
141
Index
147
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ANTHONY F. LANG JR. is Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. He has been an Assistant Professor in departments of Political Science at the American University in Cairo and Albright College. He has also served as program officer at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City.

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