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Hans Morgenthau on Love and Power

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International Relations (IR) has seen renewed interest in the insights of Hans Morgenthau which had long been obscured by neorealism. This new "reflexive realism," however, far from exhausts the range of Morgenthau's thinking about politics. In the 1960s Morgenthau lamented the inability of modern thinking to recognize the connections between power and love, which he argued was symptomatic of the inability to fully understand either one. For Morgenthau, both power and love were rooted in the need to overcome the loneliness of the human condition. Through pursuits of both power and love people seek, through others, to avoid the self's insufficiency. Yet, these pursuits are mutually subversive. The frustration of love blends into the imposition of power, and the pursuit of power is ultimately an extension of the search for love. In exploring these issues this paper substantially contributes to three major literatures in IR. First, Morgenthau's theories offer perhaps an unlikely, but no less profound, contribution to the burgeoning emotions literature in IR. Second, it offers new perspectives on the resurgence of historical interest in Morgenthau and classical realism. Finally, it builds upon recent discussions of power to suggest new perspectives on its emotional dimensions.
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Solomon, Ty. "Hans Morgenthau on Love and Power" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, Mar 16, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p501008_index.html>

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Solomon, T. , 2011-03-16 "Hans Morgenthau on Love and Power" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p501008_index.html

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Abstract: International Relations (IR) has seen renewed interest in the insights of Hans Morgenthau which had long been obscured by neorealism. This new "reflexive realism," however, far from exhausts the range of Morgenthau's thinking about politics. In the 1960s Morgenthau lamented the inability of modern thinking to recognize the connections between power and love, which he argued was symptomatic of the inability to fully understand either one. For Morgenthau, both power and love were rooted in the need to overcome the loneliness of the human condition. Through pursuits of both power and love people seek, through others, to avoid the self's insufficiency. Yet, these pursuits are mutually subversive. The frustration of love blends into the imposition of power, and the pursuit of power is ultimately an extension of the search for love. In exploring these issues this paper substantially contributes to three major literatures in IR. First, Morgenthau's theories offer perhaps an unlikely, but no less profound, contribution to the burgeoning emotions literature in IR. Second, it offers new perspectives on the resurgence of historical interest in Morgenthau and classical realism. Finally, it builds upon recent discussions of power to suggest new perspectives on its emotional dimensions.


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