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Brocker I 290
Foreign Policy/Morgenthau: Thesis: As long as foreign policy rests on the wrong foundations, it can only be wise and balanced by chance. Morgenthau sees a great evil in America's spirit of the Crusade - in its culturally consolidated inclination
Brocker I 291
to neglect a sober calculation of power and interests because of the fixation on abstract principles (freedom, democracy, human rights). Against this evil the author prescribes absolute objectivity; the liberation of foreign policy from moralizing; its orientation towards interests; the willingness to compromise even with supposed evil (even the Soviets have interests); in view of compromises, finally, the will to empathy in the sense of a permanent effort to best understand the other side not only with its vital interests but also with its historical experiences. (1) See also Diplomacy/Morgenthau.



1. Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations. The Struggle for Power and Peace, New York 1948. Dt.: Hans J. Morgenthau, Macht und Frieden. Grundlegung einer Theorie der internationalen Politik, Gütersloh 1963.


Christoph Frei, „Hans J. Morgenthau, Macht und Frieden (1948)“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Pol Morg I
Hans Morgenthau
Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, New York 1948
German Edition:
Macht und Frieden. Grundlegung einer Theorie der internationalen Politik Gütersloh 1963

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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