Dyson, R. W.
Natural Law and Political Realism in the History of Political Thought
Volume II: From the Seventeenth to the Twenty-First Century
Year of Publication: 2007
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XII, 277 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-8882-0 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.620 kg, 1.367 lbs
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This second volume completes the author's account of natural law and political realism as historical traditions of political thought. In it, the development of those traditions is traced from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, with special emphasis given to theories of human nature and the 'natural' or 'human' rights doctrines that have been derived from them. These things are examined also in the context of the comparatively recent internationalisation of political theory. The final chapter addresses the question of whether the modern rhetoric of human rights and humanitarian intervention rests upon a coherent philosophical foundation.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: R. W. Dyson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Durham, United Kingdom, where he now teaches in the School of Government and International Affairs, specializing in the history of political thought. Among his many publications is Natural Law and Political Realism in the History of Political Thought, Volume I: From the Sophists to Machiavelli (Peter Lang, 2005).
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General Editor: Garrett Ward Sheldon