By Kenneth W. Thompson
In Fathers of foreign notion, popular foreight affairs pupil Kenneth W. Thompson returns to the writings of 16 pre-twentieth-century thinkers as a way to greater comprehend the problems and difficulties that regularly beset worldwide politics.
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He took fragments of thought from a vast array of sources and ground them together into new combinations of principles and conclusions. For thinkers such as Niebuhr and Murray, the sources of their thought were more often classical than contemporary. At the University of Chicago, Morgenthau offered a seminar for many years on the contemporary relevance of Aristotle. Lippmann's last important treatise, The Public Philosophy, called for the rediscovery of natural law. While the use that the masters made of their pre- (footnote continued from previous page) cally, political scientists continue to read Hyneman's work, especially Bureaucracy in Democracy, as well as Plato and Artistotle.
The Anglo-American philosophy was a philosophy of choice as against the European philosophy of necessity. Each philosophy was imperiled by certain dangers brought about by man's tendency toward excess: "The philosophy 9. , xviii. "10 Notwithstanding, English and American theorists such as More, Bolingbroke, and Jefferson understood the advantages of an insular location. At times it enabled them to remain aloof and at other times free themselves through ideological rationalization from the taint of power politics.
Therefore, we ought to return to their work to reinvigorate present thinking as we confront a whole universe of challenging new problems. Page 10 One Comparing Theories The proponents of three viewpoints on the contemporary relevance of the fathers of political theory for international thought have vied with one another for recognition and approval since the mid-twentieth century. According to the first viewpoint, traditional political theory is inextricably linked with the idea of the state. The state is central to political theory.