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Liberal Realism

Derek Drinkwater

in Sir Harold Nicolson and International Relations

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273850
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273855.003.0003
Liberal Realism

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Sir Harold Nicolson’s philosophy of international relations is well summed up by the term ‘liberal realism’, a fusion of two key approaches to the resolution of international problems: realism and idealism. It has its origins in ancient Greek and Roman political thought and history, notably, the writings of Aristotle and Thucydides. It also owes much to the contributions to international theory of Grotius and Kant. The liberal realist outlook closely resembles the conception of a via media. Notwithstanding this, it represents one man’s distinctive theorizing (born of his background, education, and experience) about the main issues of international relations.

Keywords: Aristotle; Grotius; idealism; international theory; Kant; liberal realism; political thought; realism; Thucydides; via media

Chapter.  10911 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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