Political Theories of International Relations: From Thucydides to the Present

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byDavid Boucher

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David Boucher uses the ideas of western philosophy's most significant thinkers to trace the history of political theory in international relations. He examines current conceptions, offering an alternative thematic interpretation of how the most significant thinkers in the Western traditionperceived relations between communities, nations, states, and the discovery of the new world. His organizing principle centres on the idea that the great philosophers were searching for a criterion of state conduct associated with different theories of human nature and which were used forjustificatory, appraisive, and injunctive purposes. The author asserts that great thinkers from Thucydides to Marx formulated and applied these criteria to interpret the changing international system and concludes by showing how contemporary theories compare with and extend the themes addressed bytheir predecessors.

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David Boucher uses the ideas of western philosophy's most significant thinkers to trace the history of political theory in international relations. He examines current conceptions, offering an alternative thematic interpretation of how the most significant thinkers in the Western traditionperceived relations between communities, nation...

David Boucher was educated at the universities of Wales, London and Liverpool. He was a lecturer at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and a senior lecturer at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and the Australian National University, Canberra. He is currently a Reader in Political Theory and Government at the University of Wales, Swans...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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INTRODUCTION1. The Character of the Philosophy of International Relations2. Empiricism, Universal Moral Order and Historical ReasonPART ONE: EMPIRICAL REALISM3. The Primacy of Interest: Classical Greece4. Thucydides' History5. Machiavelli, Human Nature and the Exemplar of Rome6. The Priority of the Secular: The Medieval Inheritance and Machiavelli's Subordination of Ethics to Politics7. Inter-Community and International Relations in HobbesPART TWO: UNIVERSAL MORAL ORDER8. The Priority of Law and Morality: the Greeks and Stoics9. Constraining the Causes and Conduct of War: Aquinas, Vitoria, Gentili and Grotius10. Pufendorf and the Peron of the State11. International and Cosmopolitan SocietiesPART THREE: HISTORICAL REASON12. Redemption through Independence: Rousseau13. Edmund Burke and Historical Reason14. Hegel's Theory of International Relations15. Marx and the Capitalist World System16. Identity, Human Rights and the Extensions of the Moral Community: the Political Theory of International Relations in the Twentieth CenturyBibliographyIndex

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`What is beyond doubt is that this is a deeply impressive work of scholarship. It stands alone - there are other books that provide short, snappy accounts of the various writers Boucher discusses, and a small number of works that discuss in detail one or two of his subjects, but there is noother history of international thought that comes even close to this in terms of level of sophistication or scope. It is a remarkable achievement.' Professor Chris Brown, London School of Economics, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Apr 2000.