The Origins of Realism Revisited

Authored by: Gabriella Slomp

The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671015
eBook ISBN: 9781315612935
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043546


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A tomato looks innocent, but it is not. It tastes like a vegetable, it is excellent in soups, its flavour is enhanced by olive oil and salt, and yet the tomato is – the experts tell us – a fruit, a cousin of the apple. Political realism looks innocent too. One wonders whether it is a fruit or a vegetable. Political theorists, like botanists, need to classify their crops. And like botanists, they look to genetics and evolution to provide answers to their questions of classification.

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