Religion and the Realist Tradition

From Political Theology to International Relations Theory and Back

Edited by Jodok Troy

© 2013 – Routledge

190 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This volume picks up a rather uninvested field of international relations theory: the influence of religion on Realism as well as the power of Realism to address religious issues in world politics. Although classical scholars of Realism rarely mention religion explicitly in their well-known work, this volume suggests that Realism offers serious ground for taking religion and faith into account as well as evaluating the impact of religion on its theoretical framework: how religion and religious worldviews influence and affect the theoretical framework of Realism, and how Realism approach religious issues in international relations as a relatively new field of international studies. Although international relations scholars now widely deal with issues of religion, large portions of the theoretical underpinning are missing. In addressing this lack, the volume illustrates the possibility of reform and change in Realism. Furthermore, the chapters reach out to normative statements. The contributors offer a theoretical view on religion in international relations in the context of Realism but always connect this with actual, real-world related political problems. The volume takes into account not only classical thinkers and approaches of Realism but also present-day authors dealing with ethical and normative questions of international relations in the aftermath of 9/11.

Offering a fresh perspective on the influence of religion on international relations theory, this work will be of great interest to scholars of religion and international relations, international relations theory, and political philosophy

Table of Contents

1. Getting theory? Realism and the study of religion in international affairs Jodok Troy 2. The Influence of the Jewish Experience on the Liberal Realism of Hans J. Morgenthau Ben Mollov 3. What is Christian about Christian Realism? John Carlson 4. Augustine of Hippo, the Pilgrim Ethic & Relational Politics Amanda Russell Beattie 5. Realism and Religion in "a Secular Age" Cecelia Lynch 6. Liberalism’s Religion Problem and the Promise of Realism in a Religious World Eric Patterson 7. Ethics of Anti-Hubris in Morgenthau Hartmut Behr and Felix Rösch 8. The Constructive Norm Constituting Power of Religion in Political Realism Christoph Rohde 9. Religion and the Realist Tradition of International Relations in a constructed world Vendulka Kubalkova & Mika Luoma-aho 10. One Cheer for Classical Realism, or Toward a Power Politics of Religion Peter Henne & Daniel Nexon11. Religion and Realism: Charting a Middle Path for International Relations Theory Rebecca Glazier

About the Editor

Jodok Troy is a lecturer and project leader at the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck. He was as research fellow at the Georgetown University, USA. His most recent publications include Christian Approaches to International Relations and the volume Mission Critical: Smaller Democracies' Role in Global Stability Operations.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics

This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).

The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.

Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.

In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General