Thomas Hobbes and international relations: from realism to rationalism


Yurdusev A.

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, vol.60, no.2, pp.305-321, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10357710600696191
  • Title of Journal : AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  • Page Numbers: pp.305-321

Abstract

This article attempts to provide a correction to the exclusive realist interpretations of Thomas Hobbes. It makes the point that Hobbes is not as close to a realist understanding of international relations as has been prevalently held. Given Hobbes's conception of man and the state of nature, the formation of Leviathan and the law of nature, it is here argued that Hobbes gives us a perception of international relations which is not always conflictual and comprises the adjustments of conflicting interests, leading to the possibility of alliances and cooperation in international relations.