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Political Realism in International Theory

Political Realism in International Theory

Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: August 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556354


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  • In this 1996 book Roger Spegele argues that in the past international theorists have failed to recognise that there is not one conception of international relations, subdivided into different theories and approaches, but at least three wholly different conceptions of the subject. Though scholars are increasingly prepared to accept this, there is still no consensus about what to call these conceptions, how to describe them, and why they should be studied. This book attempts to fill this gap. The author first examines two conceptions of IR - positivism-empiricism and emancipatory international relations - which challenge political realism. He then defends a revised version of realism, called 'evaluative political realism', from challenges arising from its rivals, with the aim of defining a conception of political realism which is coherent, viable, and attractive.

    • International relations theory. Develops new version of realism which stresses links between ethics and international politics
    • Compares with other books in CSIR series on IR theory which have done well
    • Has extensive philosophy of social science component, though main market is in IR
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    • Date Published: August 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556354
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Theory and practice in international relations
    2. Positivist-empiricism and international relations
    3. Emancipatory international relations: a first cut
    Part II. 4. Evaluative political realism: a beginning
    5. State and state-systems in evaluative political realism
    6. Evaluative political realism and human nature
    7. Evaluative political realism and historical realism
    8. Evaluative political realism as moral realism
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Roger D. Spegele, Monash University, Victoria

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