Fear, Interest and Honor: A General Theory of International Relations

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Title: Fear, Interest and Honor: A General Theory of International Relations
Creators: Lebow, Richard Ned
Keywords: international relations theory
Greek philosophy
Issue Date: 2005-09-28
Publisher: Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Abstract: Richard Ned Lebow's latest research seeks to define a theory of politics situated in a theory of history based on ontological and epistomological factors. His theory stems from the the three parts of classical Greek psyche, comprised of appetite, spirit, and reason. Lebow thinks that strong community, and therefore order, stems from a balanced intersection of all three: strength in reason can restrain whims of appetite and spirit, by suggesting that these psychic needs are best sated by the merits of a strong community balanced by reason. Lebow thinks this leads to order, and that order is lost when there is a loss of control over appetite or spirit.
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