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Edmund Burke and the theory of international relations*


Burke did not count himself a theorist. Metaphysics, abstraction, was stuff for professor So If the speculation of the classroom was brought too close to the life of politics the result was unsettling, dangerous, revolutionary. Politicians should be people of practice not theory, attending to circumstance before principle, working within a tradition not innovating, reforming before countenancing revolution. They should be concerned with the whole of human nature and not just with human reason, with feeling as well as with thought.

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Hedley Bull , ‘Martin Wight and The Theory of International Relations’, British Journal of International Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (1976)

Werner Levi , ‘International Law in a Multicultural World’, International Studies Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 4 (1974)

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Review of International Studies
  • ISSN: 0260-2105
  • EISSN: 1469-9044
  • URL: /core/journals/review-of-international-studies
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