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Reinhold Niebuhr and International Relations Theory


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General Introduction I - The father of us all': the making of Christian Realist1.1. Who was Reinhold Niebuhr? 1.2. Wilsonian Temptations II - Against the Pagans: christian realism as a critique of political idolatry 2.1. False Gods2.2. God Reborn III - Fear God: human nature redefined 3.1. The Hobbesian 'natural' revolution: fear death, not God3.2. In perpetual solicitude of the time to come IV - The Existential Turn in the Realist Tradition: Niebuhr's political 'ontology of possibility' 4.1. The 'will-to-power': International Politics beyond Survival 4.2. Anxiety and the 'Realism of distance' V - The Anarchical Community or the impossible possibilities of a fallen world 5.1. Anarchy and the normative foundations of the realist tradition 5.2. The world community or 'The Kingdom not of this world'Epilogue: Jusnaturalism for Postmodern times? The Poverty of IR's Liberal-Realist Consensus

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Guilherme Marques Pedro holds a PhD from the Department of International Politics in Aberystwyth. His research interests lie in international relations theory, political thought and international law. He is a researcher in philosophy of law at Uppsala University, Sweden. Previously, he was a lecturer at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal.

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