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Morgenthau, Law and Realism

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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521769280

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  • Although widely regarded as the ‘founding father' of realism in International Relations, this book argues that Hans J. Morgenthau's legal background has largely been neglected in discussions of his place in the ‘canon' of IR theory. Morgenthau was a legal scholar of German-Jewish origins who arrived in the United States in 1938. He went on to become a distinguished professor of Political Science and a prominent public intellectual. Rather than locate Morgenthau's intellectual heritage in the German tradition of Realpolitik, this book demonstrates how many of his central ideas and concepts stem from European and American legal debates of the 1920s and 30s. This is an ambitious attempt to recast the debate on Morgenthau and will appeal to IR scholars interested in the history of realism as well as international lawyers engaged in debates regarding the relationship between law and politics, and the history of international law.

    • Closely examines the origins of Morgenthau's ideas by situating them in the academic controversies and debates of the time
    • Explores Morgenthau's legal heritage and sheds new light on where some of the main ideas of the realist school of thought originate
    • Short overview sections simplify potentially complicated and unknown debates in German and American legal theory
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “A thoughtfully conceived, well written and carefully argued re-reading of Morgenthau.”
    Jack Donnelly, University of Denver

    “A revealing study that breaks new ground in the studies of Morgenthau and realism, as well as in the disciplinary history of International Relations in general.”
    Michael C. Williams, University of Ottawa

    “As a work of intellectual history, Morgenthau, Law and Realism successfully demonstrates how Morgenthau's earliest legal scholarship prefigures his later theorizing about law and politics…With great patience, Jütersonke laboriously excavates the underappreciated imprints on Morgenthau's thinking.” -Christine M. Lee, University of Bristol, The Review of Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521769280
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Hans J. Morgenthau in International Relations
    2. The justiciability of disputes
    3. Hans Kelsen and the reality of norms
    4. Legal realism and behaviouralist social science
    5. Legalism, romanticism and irresponsible statecraft
    6. The legacy of legal formalism.

  • Author

    Oliver Jütersonke, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

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