International Relations in Political Thought: Texts from the by Chris Brown

By Chris Brown

This precise assortment provides texts in diplomacy that variety from old Greece to the 1st global battle. it's the greatest anthology presently on hand and contains extracts from works by way of fifty thinkers, together with Thucydides, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, and John Stuart Mill. The texts are equipped into generally chronological sections, every one headed by way of an creation putting the paintings in its ancient and philosophical context. perfect for college kids and students, the amount additionally comprises biographies and courses to additional interpreting.

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149 and 151 and v. 44, pp. 155 and 157; Book 9, v. 1, pp. 231 and 233, and v. 9, p. 36, pp. 341 and 343. Plato, from Plato’s Epistles, trans. Glen R. Morrow, Library of Liberal Arts (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1962), 324–326b (pp. 215–17, and 330c–331d (pp. 223 and 224). THUCYDIDES THUCYDIDES, who simply refers to himself as “an Athenian,” was born around the fifties of the fifth century BCE. He was possibly of royal Thracian descent – he also had political influence in Thrace and business interests there – and was certainly an aristocrat.

It accuses not the aberrations of this or that individual or society, but human nature itself … Diodotus casts transgression not as an aberration but as the fundamental human fact and bids us reflect on the consequences. (Orwin, 1994: 156) These consequences turn out to be not dissimilar either for individuals or for cities. Individuals, like cities, seek the primacy of their own good. This is simply a fact and not a matter for outrage or indignation. However, it is not strictly speaking imposed by “necessity” (as the original formulation of the thesis suggested); rather it brings out the tendency of people (again both individually and collectively) to resist such necessity.

However, there is an enormously wide variety of possible communities: families, tribes, clans, empires, and, of course, polities, as he understands them. Indeed, we might say that for Aristotle, it is perfectly possible to talk of the community of all humankind, perhaps even – though this is much more speculative – of a cosmopolis, a world political community. As we will see this aspect of Aristotle’s thought is picked up by the Stoics and has been hugely influential in our own times as well. In the context of this variety, there are certain sorts of communities – political communities – wherein the human good is best served and within this notion of political community various kinds of possible regimes (Aristotle’s famous six types of political regime found in the Politics – see pp.

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