Political realism and moral corruption

  title={Political realism and moral corruption},
  author={Alison McQueen},
  journal={European Journal of Political Theory},
  pages={141 - 161}
  • A. McQueen
  • Published 1 April 2020
  • Philosophy
  • European Journal of Political Theory
Political realism is frequently criticised as a theoretical tradition that amounts to little more than a rationalisation of the status quo and an apology for power. This paper responds to this criticism by defending three connected claims. First, it acknowledges the moral seriousness of rationalisation, but argues that the problem is hardly particular to political realists. Second, it argues that classical International Relations realists like EH Carr and Hans Morgenthau have a profound… 

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