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Liberal realismA realist theory of liberal politics$
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Matt Sleat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088902

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088902.001.0001

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The Realist Vision of the Political

The Realist Vision of the Political

Conflict, Coercion, and the Circumstances of Politics

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Liberal realism

Matt Sleat

Manchester University Press

This chapter sets out the realist ‘vision of the political’. Bringing together contemporary realist thinkers (e.g. Bernard Williams, Raymond Geuss, Jeremy Waldron, John Gray, Glen Newey), realist figures from the history of political theory (e.g. Hobbes, Weber and Schmitt), and classical realists from the international relations tradition (e.g. Morgenthau, Carr and Niebuhr), the chapter pieces together a coherent realist account of politics in which politics both takes place in conditions of disagreement and conflict and is a response to that. It also establishes the importance of legitimacy to realist thought, the role of coercion and the autonomy of the political.

Keywords:   Realism, Conflict, Pluralism, Coercion, Circumstances of Politics

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