Annihilation and Utopia (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 8)

By Errol E. Harris

© 2010 – Routledge

332 pages

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About the Book

Originally published in 1966. The main purpose of this book is not philosophical speculation, but to draw the obvious conclusions from political and historical facts about the prospects and methods of human political survival. The central theme is developed in the context of problems which cause most anxiety today: the mounting arms race, the unstable balance of power, the rapid growth of population, racial conflicts and ideological incompatibilities.

Table of Contents

1. Situation Without Precedent Part 1: The State and War 2. War as a Social Institution 3. Sovereign Authority and Power 4. The Concept of Law 5. The Law of Nations 6. The Rule of Force 7. The Balance of Terror 8. Controlled Disarmament 9. The Moral Issue – Non-Violence 10. "Peace, when there is no Peace" Part 2: The Conditions of Peace 11. The Myth of National Self-Determination 12. Philosophical Principles of World Order 13. Legal Principles of World Order 14. Conditions of World Community 15. Socio-Political Obstacles to World Community Part 3: The Ideological Conflict 16. The Crucial Antithesis 17. Democracy and World Order 18. Communism and World Order 19. Reconciliation of Ideological Differences Part 4: Conclusion 20. Reality and Utopia

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