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Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Interpretations of Realism

Laurie M. Johnson


This book has been consistently cited by scholars of international relations who explore the roots of realism in Thucydides' history and the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. While acknowledging that neither thinker fits perfectly within the confines of international relations realism, the author proposes Hobbes's philosophy is more closely aligned with it than Thucydides'. The book concludes that Thucydides' approach to politics is more preferable than Hobbes's. Hobbes, despite his pessimistic assumptions about human nature, is not realistic. It also discusses how realism and neorealism, ... More

Keywords: international relations, realism, Thucydides, Thomas Hobbes, political philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747809
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie M. Johnson, author
Kansas State University

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