The contextualisation of Hans Morgenthau's thought has been significantly advanced in recent years. Uncovering the intellectual relationships Morgenthau had with Max Weber, Friedrich Nietzsche, members of the Frankfurt School, or even Carl Schmitt has not only revealed the development of political discourses in the Weimar Republic, but it has helped to rectify interpretational shortcomings of realism and encouraged scholarship to apply realist principles to twenty-first century world politics. Despite this comprehensive contextualisation, the 'thinking partnership' between Morgenthau and Hannah Arendt has attracted so far only rhapsodic elaborations. This neglect is surprising because, at a time when the financial crisis in Western democracies is gradually turning into a crisis of democracy itself, a close reading of them offers a kind of social criticism whose implications are worthy of consideration.
Bibliographical noteThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version: Rösch, F. (2013) Realism as social criticism: The thinking partnership of Hannah Arendt and Hans Morgenthau. International Politics, volume 50 (6): 815-829 is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ip/journal/v50/n6/full/ip201332a.html.
- Hans Morgenthau
- Hannah Arendt