Traditions and Values in Politics and Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

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LSU Press, 01/04/1992 - 456 páginas
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In this informed and comprehensive assessment of current issues in international policies, Kenneth W. Thompson addresses the role that traditions and values play in shaping change and in helping us to understand its implications. He challenges the idea that the enormous changes in contemporary national and international life have rendered the consideration of traditions and values obsolete. Thompson’s purpose is to illuminate the problems we face and to set forth general principles directed toward an informing theory on traditions and values as they affect politics and diplomacy, while at the same time warning of the pitfalls and limitations of theory.

In the first section of this book, Thompson draws on classical and Judaeo-Christian traditions in defining the relationship between philosophy, religion, and politics. He then examines the application of abstract values to such political realities as national interest, and goes on to consider the question of moral values in international diplomacy and politics.

In a series of case studies, Thompson reflects on human rights, disarmament and arms control, and human survival. Maintaining that the implementation of traditions and values is sometimes uniquely the task of the American presidency, he studies the administrations of four postwar presidents—Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon—in the light of the executives’ attitudes toward ethics and politics. Finally, Thompson considers the implications of national decline and the breakdown of international order for the future of the United States.

The vast knowledge of international affairs and the literature of politics that Kenneth W. Thompson brings to this timely and reflective books makes it exceptionally readable as well as intellectually challenging.

 

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Índice

The Classical and Christian Traditions
7
Renewal
20
Four Decades of International Relations Theorizing
36
Social Movement or Intellectual Discipline?
52
The Religious Transformation of Politics and
65
Realism
81
Power
93
A Discourse on Purpose
112
Rationalism Irrationalism and the Contingent
189
Why Disarmament and Arms Control?
197
Crusade or Coherent Plan?
221
Lincoln as Model
237
Military Victory Versus
251
Activism Versus
259
National Interest and Collective Security
271
Continuities
280

Beliefs True Beliefs and the Constitution
118
Moral Values and International Politics
135
Approaches and Problems
142
The Ethical Dimension in American Thinking About
156
The Meeting of Ethics and Diplomacy
167
History as End Point or New Beginning?
295
Nation in Decline?
309
Living with Uncertainty
323
Index
343
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Kenneth W. Thompson was director emeritus of the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs and J. Wilson Newman Professor Emeritus of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. He was the author of many books on international relations, including Fathers of International Thought: The Legacy of Political Theory." data-formswitch="ShowAlways" data-fwclientid="30776a15-ecfd-46d9-a98b-ca5902afcc1a" data-fwfieldtype="CopyText" data-fwsubid="70017079" data-hasoriginalvalue="1" data-ignoredatalock="0" data-localstate="Default" data-preservehtmlbullets="0" data-readonly="0" data-takefocus="False" id="EditionBiography" name="EditionBiography" spellcheck="false" contenteditable="false"> Kenneth W. Thompson was director emeritus of the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs and J. Wilson Newman Professor Emeritus of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. He was the author of many books on international relations, including Fathers of International Thought: The Legacy of Political Theory.

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