Morgenthau- A Realist Theory

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Political Science
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POLI 244
Jason Scott Ferrell

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Morgenthau: A Realist Theory Two Schools:  1) Rational and moral political order can be achieved here and now VS  2) The world is the result of forces inherent in human nature – to improve them, one must work with those forces and not against them o This school sees a universal principle for all pluralist societies in a system of checks and balances Political Realism  Believes politics are governed by objective laws that have roots in human nature – in order to improve society it is necessary to understand laws by which society lives o Realism must also believe in the possibility of developing a rational theory that reflects these objective laws  Also believes in the possibility of distinguishing in politics between truth and opinion  The concept of interest defined in terms of power o Provides the link between reason trying to understand international politics and the facts to be understood  Aware of the moral significance of political action o Realism maintains that universal moral principles cannot be applied to the actions of states in their abstract universal formulation o Realism considers prudence (the weighing of the consequences of
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