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Department
Political Science
Course
POL208Y1
Professor
Jean- Yves Haine
Semester
Fall

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Hans J. Morgenthau – Six Principles of Political Realism 1. Political realism believes that politics like society in general is governed by objective laws that have their roots in human nature 2. Concept of interest defined in terms of power. Provides the link between reason trying to understand international politics and the facts to be understood 3. Realism assumes that its key concept of interest defined as power is an objective category which is universally valid but it does not endow that concept with a meaning is fixed once and for all. 4. Political realism is aware of the moral significance of political action. It is also aware of the ineluctable tension between the moral command and the requirements of successful political action. 5. Political realism refuses to identify the moral aspirations of a particular nation with the moral laws that govern the universe. As it distinguishes between truth and opinion so it distinguishes between truth and idolatry. 6. The difference between political realism and other schools of thought is that it is real and it is profound. There is no gainsaying its distinctive intellectual and moral attitudes to matters political. 1. Politic's, like society in general, is governed by objective laws that have their roots in human nature which is unchanging: therefore it is possible to develop a rational theory that reflects these o
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