Political Theory

International Ethics and Free Government


This conference examined the relationship between ethics and foreign policy from the time of ancient Athens to contemporary international affairs as seen through the writings of Thucydides, Augustine, Machiavelli, Kant, and others.


Conference Readings

Bush, George W. “Second Inaugural Address, January 20, 2005.” avalon.law.yale.edu. http:avalon.law.yale.edu/21st_century/gbush2.asp (September 21, 2011).

Hume, David. Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary. Edited by Eugene F. Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Kagan, Robert. “Power and Weakness.” Policy Review (June-July 2002): 3-28.

Kant, Immanuel. Perpetual Peace and Other Essays. Translated by Ted Humphrey. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1983.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. Discourses on Livy. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield and Nathan Tarcov. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Montesquieu, “The Spirit of the Laws” In The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu, London: T. Evans, 1777. 1-504.

Morgenthau, Hans. Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, 7th edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2006.

Obama, Barack. “Remarks by the President on National Security, May 21, 2009.” Whitehouse.gov. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-On National-Security-5-21-09/ (September 27, 2011).

Obama, Barack H. “Renewing American Leadership: Common Security for Our Common Humanity.” Foreign Affairs 86, no. 4 (July/August 2007): 2-16.

Rousseau, Jean Jacques. A Lasting Peace through the Federation of Europe and The State of War. Translated by Charles Edwyn Vaughan. London: Constable and Co., 1917. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/1010/144260 (accessed September 26, 2011).

St. Augustine. A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, Volume II (St. Augustin’s City of God and Christian Doctrine). Buffalo: The Christian Literature Co., 1887.

Thucydides. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. Edited by Robert B. Strassler. Translated by Richard Crawley. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.