A History of International Political Theory: Ontologies of by Hartmut Behr

By Hartmut Behr

Modern idea of foreign politics faces a twofold challenge: the serious engagement with legacies of nationwide strength politics in connection to twentieth Century diplomacy and the regeneration of notions of humanity. This publication contributes to this engagement by means of a family tree of concepts on struggle, peace, and ethics.

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The same consideration applies to the first aspect, the taking into account of discourses on political economy and in IPE, both as objects of the scrutinization of the ontological formation of the international/inter-national and as commentators on such formation in international political thought and IR. Also here, there is not a substantial argument, but an architectural one with regard to the framing angles of this study and its arguments and approaches. The structure of the book The book consists of five parts.

74; Lloyd-Jones, 1971, pp. 144 and 206; also Strauss, 1964). 82–84. 82– 4–8). Here, we not only face another example of Thucydides’s reference to law (as argued above), but can also study his criticism of a moral deterioration in war, which he treats as an inversion of the normal when noting, for instance, that noble simplicity was laughed at while sophistication was admired, intelligence lost out to force, prudence was considered cowardice, and impulsiveness was seen as manliness. 8)’ (Bagby, 1994, p.

Another interesting and important aspect to further investigate – and which elevates astonishments that Cicero has been excluded from the canon of IR literature – consists in Cicero’s application of his legal thought to war and warfare, thus to another distinctively international politics topic. As Thomas Pangle notes, ‘Cicero laid down some of the most influential ... pronouncements ever made on the moral limits of war’ (Pangle, 1998, p. 239). Consequently, he becomes probably the first Western author to contribute to what was later called the ‘just war theory’.

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