Morgenthau, the Tragic: On Tragedy and the Transition from Scientific Man to Politics Among Nations

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2011 (157):109-128 (2011)

ExcerptIntroduction When Hans J. Morgenthau—one of the key architects of twentieth-century international relations1—first penned Scientific Man vs. Power Politics, it was his scorn of modern science, or “dogmatic scientism,” that spoke the loudest. But with the publication of Politics Among Nations only several years later, this scorn had seemingly vanished. Focused on an altogether different enterprise, Morgenthau now set about to “present a theory of international politics.”2 What captivated him most in this endeavor was reality—something that he contended was dictated by certain objective laws—and the creation of “a rational theory that reflects, however imperfectly and…
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