Back to machiavelli

David Vital*

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AHEAVY onslaught on the (predominantly American) “scientific” school of students of international relations has recently been delivered1 to the evident satisfaction and comfort of those who practice or respond most comfortably to the “classical approach.” Still, the defeat of one school-if defeat there was2- need not, of course, necessarily redound to the honor of the other, and it is surely worth considering what positive case has been made out on this occasion, explicitly or by implication, in favor of “classicism.” In fact, this article will argue, neither approach is entirely adequate. Neither provides a really firm basis on which to found a coherent and well-integrated field of study or-what is undoubtedly more important-a framework within which the facts of contemporary international life can be selected, compared, and interpreted in a thoroughly valid and enlightening manner.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContending Approaches to International Politics
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781400886005
ISBN (Print)0691056382, 9780691021645
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


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