Yıl 2008, Cilt 7, Sayı 1, Sayfalar 37 - 63 2015-12-16

The political realism of Augustine and Morgenthau: Issues of Man, God, and just war

Bettina Dahl Soendergaard [1]

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Augustine and Morgenthau are examples of classical political realists who base their arguments on the
nature of man. Both believe that man is born evil but they differ on the question if man can improve.
Augustine also believes that the statesman has a moral purpose while Morgenthau believes that the
consequences of man’s nature can only be counterbalanced. This difference is rooted in Morgenthau
and Augustine’s different views of the meaning of peace. To Morgenthau, peace is power balance and
stability and a permanent peace cannot be achieved. Augustine, however, describes two kinds of
peace, the earthly peace and God’s peace. The article discusses these differences and how it impacts
their views on moral and war. These different views have similarity with the different views that led to
the Reformation in the 1500’s and their difference is as great. 


Keywords: nature of man; realism; just war; Augustine; Morgenthau

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Bibtex @ { alternatives21072, journal = {Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations}, issn = {2146-0809}, address = {Yalova Üniversitesi}, year = {2015}, volume = {7}, pages = {37 - 63}, doi = {}, title = {The political realism of Augustine and Morgenthau: Issues of Man, God, and just war}, key = {cite}, author = {Soendergaard, Bettina Dahl} }
APA Soendergaard, B . (2015). The political realism of Augustine and Morgenthau: Issues of Man, God, and just war. Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations, 7 (1), 37-63. Retrieved from http://dergipark.gov.tr/alternatives/issue/1702/21072
MLA Soendergaard, B . "The political realism of Augustine and Morgenthau: Issues of Man, God, and just war". Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations 7 (2015): 37-63 <http://dergipark.gov.tr/alternatives/issue/1702/21072>
Chicago Soendergaard, B . "The political realism of Augustine and Morgenthau: Issues of Man, God, and just war". Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations 7 (2015): 37-63
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