Progressive Realism: Possible? Yes. Cogent? Perhaps Not
20 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 5, 2019
Prominent mid-century classical realists (e.g., E.H. Carr, John Herz, Hans J. Morgenthau) married identifiably realist ideas about international relations to left-liberal (and progressive) political sympathies, in some cases advocating a fundamental reorganization of the interstate system along globalist institutional lines. Although the history of international ideas clearly suggests the possibility of a progressive realist synthesis, legitimate questions can still be raised about its overall theoretical coherence.
Keywords: Hans J. Morgenthau, International Relations Theory, Realism, World Government
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