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Four Seminal Thinkers in International Theory: Machiavelli, Grotius, Kant, and Mazzini

Four Seminal Thinkers in International Theory: Machiavelli, Grotius, Kant, and Mazzini

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Martin Wight was perhaps the most profound thinker in international relations of his generation. In a discipline for too long mesmerized by the pseudo-science of the historically and philosophically illiterate, his work stands out like a beacon. Yet it is only in the decades since his death that his achievement has attained its true recognition.

Of the first volume of posthumously published lectures-- International Theory: The Three Traditions (1991)--one reviewer wrote: '[it] stands as a classic in the genre of printed lectures stretching from Aristotle to Ruskin... It is exhilarating... for there is nothing quite like it and-- which is a measure of Martin Wight's stature--there is not likely to be'.

That volume is here complemented and completed. In these four lectures Wight takes the archetypal thinkers of this three traditions--Machiavelli, Grotius, and Kant--to whom he adds Mazzini, the father of all revolutionary nationalism, and so the prototype of such as Nehru, Nasser, and Mandela, and subjects their writings and careers to a masterly analysis and commentary. The volume also contains an important new introduction to Wight's thought by Professor David S. Yost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199273676
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/24/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Martin Wight was born in 1913, and died in 1972. This book, edited by his wife, Gabriele Wight, and his colleague, Dr. Brian Porter, brings together some of his previously unpublished material. Mrs. Gabriele Wight married Martin Wight in 1952. She co-edited another of Martin Wight's posthumous works, International Theory: The Three Traditions in 1991, which is now regarded as a classic. Dr Brian Porter was successively tutored and supervised by Martin Wight. He co-edited Wight's International Theory: The Three Traditions with Mrs Gabriele Wight in 1991.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Martin Wight and Philosophers of War and Peace, David S. Yost
Appendix 1: A Philosophical Genealogy
Appendix 2: The Three Traditions in Christianity
Appendix 3: The International Theory of Grotius
Bibliography 1: From Martin Wight's Notes and Reading Lists 1959-72
Bibliography 2: Selected Publications Post-1972
An Anatomy of International Thought

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