At the heart of the political realist ethic of international politics which Niebuhr developed through the 1930s and 1940s to replace his pacifism was a belief that without coercion there could be no order, and without order there could be no justice. This chapter examines these claims and the bases on which they rest, namely, Niebuhr’s view of human nature and of human community.
KeywordsHuman Nature Human Community International Politics Political Realism Natural Impulse
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