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March 14, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Seven reasons using evolutionary theory to defend realist international relations theory is a joke…

1) Humans are cooperative & altrusitic

2) Humans are naturally good or You have an essentialist & totalizing view of humans

3) Evolution means change

4) State of nature mentality is a self-fullfilling prophesy

5) The original alternative

6) Its a question of ethics

7) Realism fails on its own account or it turns the case even in a utilitarian framework.

8) Optional: ordering or reps = otherization/dehumanization which trumps their argument

Ideally I would group the arguments together and narrow this down to 3 to 6 answers.


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