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Abstract

International thought is an inquiry into the fundamental ideas and beliefs involved in the arrangement and conduct of world affairs over time: international anarchy, the society of states, the cosmopolis of humankind, hegemony, empire, confederation, the practice of diplomacy, international law, war, espionage, world commerce, international organization, global civil society—to mention some of the most prominent. It is also an inquiry into the values at stake: peace, security, independence, order, justice, human rights, prosperity, and progress, among others. Most of these ideas, beliefs, and values occupy center stage in the following chapters. International thought is an inquiry, as well, into the language and discourse of world affairs. Furthermore, any study of international thought calls for attention to leading thinkers, past and present, whose accumulated writings constitute the most important body of knowledge on the subject. The work of several such thinkers is examined over the course of this study.

Keywords

Foreign Policy Human Relation Sovereign State Common Morality State Sovereignty 
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