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The realist theory of international relations is based on a particularly gloomy set of assumptions about universal human motives. Believing people to be essentially asocial, selfish, and untrustworthy, realism counsels a politics of distrust and competition in the international arena. What Moves Man subjects realism to a broad and deep critique. Freyberg-Inan argues, first, that realist psychology is incomplete and suffers from a pessimistic bias. Second, she explains how this bias systematically undermines both realist scholarship and efforts to promote international cooperation and peace. Third, she argues that realism’s bias has a tendency to function as a self-fulfilling prophecy: it nurtures and promotes the very behaviors it assumes predominate human nature. Freyberg-Inan concludes by suggesting how a broader and more complex view of human motivation would deliver more complete explanations of international behavior, reduce the risk of bias, and better promote practical progress in the conduct of international affairs.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. 1. Introduction: Exploring the Realist Image of Man
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I. What Moves Man?: An Analysis of the Realist Psychology
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. 2.The Roots of Realism
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. 3. Realism Goes Modern
  2. pp. 37-62
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  1. 4. Realism Today
  2. pp. 63-90
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  1. 5. Realist Man through the Ages: A Synopsis
  2. pp. 91-106
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  1. Part II. Sunglasses at Night: A Critique of the Realist Psychology
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. 6. What Is Wrong with the Realist Psychology?
  2. pp. 109-118
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  1. 7. The Effects of the Realist Bias
  2. pp. 119-142
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  1. 8. A Self-Fulfilling Prophesy?
  2. pp. 143-154
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  1. 9. Conclusion: Great Debates and Small Suggestions
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. Appendix: Biographical Notes on Authors of Classical Realism
  2. pp. 175-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-264
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791486351
Related ISBN
9780791458273
MARC Record
OCLC
62365225
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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