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Four Seminal Thinkers in International Theory: Machiavelli, Grotius, Kant, and Mazzini

Martin Wight


Wight saw the philosophy of International Politics—his ‘International Theory’—as the interaction and interweaving of three traditions—Realism, Rationalism, and Revolutionism. Here, he takes the archetypal thinkers of these traditions—Machiavelli, Grotius, and Kant—to whom he adds Mazzini, the father of all revolutionary nationalism, and subjects their writings and careers to a masterly analysis and commentary. Wight thus not only throws further light upon his magisterial earlier study, International Theory: The Three Traditions, but explores the thought of four key figures in the history of We ... More

Keywords: International Relations, International Theory, law, morality, politics, rationalism, realism, revolutionism, society, traditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273676
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199273677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Wight, author