Introduction: The World of Isaiah

  • Raymond Cohen
  • Raymond Westbrook
Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)


The image of swords being beaten into plowshares, of weapons transformed into agricultural implements, is one of the most powerful metaphors in the Bible. For over 2,500 years Isaiah’s prophecy of a peaceful, disarmed mankind has inspired Jews and Christians alike. His scenario of harmony between predator and prey, and the replacement of violence by cooperation, has become part of the heritage of Western civilization. ‘The wish lor a world without war has long been the dominant theme in normative thinking about international relations. (Andrew Hurrell in his chapter in this volume reviews the debate on world order and global governance.)


Foreign Policy International Relation International Politics Cognitive Artifact Normative Thinking 
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