Connection is Key: International Relations Intertwined

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Connection is Key: International Relations Intertwined Ancient Greece is responsible for many contemporary ideologies for philosophy and politics. Combining the two creates a whole intertwined web of thought and circumstance. Philosophy is the study of basic concepts such as existence and freedom, however, philosophy does extend on to other concepts. Politics is the ideology and practice of governing a group. Both the concepts of philosophy and politics are evident and connected between three separate works of literature, which are “The Melian Dialogue” by Thucydides, “Six Principles of Political Realism” by Morgenthau, and “The Anarchic Structure of World Politics” by Waltz. “The Melian Dialogue” covers a dispute of…show more content…
Morally, according to the Melians, the advancement of Athenian soldiers into Melos territory was wrong if they did not want to be a part of that empire. Of the six principles of political realism, I believe that principle four connects mainly to the situation that has been presented between the arguing countries. Principle four states that the awareness of morality in political action does not out way the nations' own survival. This meaning that Athens would not hesitate to march into Melos if they did not comply with demands in order to secure more power and thus capabilities. The fifth principle is also relevant to the situation stated previously in this critique, but would not be titled as the most important unlike principle four above. Principle five expresses that good and evil is objective to how someone interprets the statement, and also how one's god is not on either side of a dispute. The Melians claimed that their hopes are high for winning a possible invasion from the Athenians because they had the eye of their god looking down on them. However, the Athenians also believed that their god had kept an eye on their empire and thus why it is thriving so well. In the last selection listed from the opening paragraph, the topic of anarchy throughout the
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