Morgenthau in 1963
Hans Joachim Morgenthau
February 17, 1904
|Died||July 19, 1980 (aged 76)|
|Known for||Classical realism|
|Politics Among Nations|
Hans Joachim Morgenthau (February 17, 1904 – July 19, 1980) was one of the major twentieth-century figures in the study of international relations. Morgenthau's works belong to the tradition of realism in international relations theory, and he is usually considered, along with George F. Kennan and Reinhold Niebuhr, one of the three leading American realists of the post-World War II period. Morgenthau made landmark contributions to international relations theory and the study of international law. His Politics Among Nations, first published in 1948, went through five editions during his lifetime.
Morgenthau also wrote widely about international politics and U.S. foreign policy for general-circulation publications such as The New Leader, Commentary, Worldview, The New York Review of Books, and The New Republic. He knew and corresponded with many of the leading intellectuals and writers of his era, such as Reinhold Niebuhr, George F. Kennan, Carl Schmitt  and Hannah Arendt. At one point in the early Cold War, Morgenthau was a consultant to the U.S. Department of State when Kennan headed its Policy Planning Staff, and a second time during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations until he was dismissed by Johnson when he began to publicly criticize American policy in Vietnam. For most of his career, however, Morgenthau was esteemed as an academic interpreter of U.S. foreign policy.
Education, career, and personal life
Morgenthau was born in an Ashkenazi Jewish family in Coburg, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Germany in 1904, and, after attending the Casimirianum, was educated at the universities of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich, and pursued postdoctoral work at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
He taught and practiced law in Frankfurt before emigrating to the United States in 1937, after several interim years in Switzerland and Spain. One of his first jobs in the U.S. was teaching night school at Brooklyn College. From 1939 to 1943, Morgenthau taught in Kansas City and taught at Keneseth Israel Shalom Congregation there. Morgenthau then was a professor at the University of Chicago until 1973, when he took a professorial chair at the City University of New York (CUNY).
On moving to New York, Morgenthau separated from his wife, who remained in Chicago partly because of medical issues. He is reported to have twice tried to initiate plans to start a new relationship while in New York, with Ethel Person (d. 2012), a psychiatrist at Columbia University.
On October 8, 1979, Morgenthau was one of the passengers on board Swissair Flight 316, which crashed while trying to land at Athens-Ellinikon International Airport. The flight had been destined for Bombay and Peking.
Morgenthau died on July 19, 1980, shortly after being admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York with a perforated ulcer. He is buried in the Chabad section of Montefiore Cemetery, in proximity to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, with whom he had a respectful relationship.
European years and functional jurisprudence
Morgenthau completed his doctoral dissertation in Germany in the late 1920s. It was published in 1929 as his first book, The International Administration of Justice, Its Essence and Its Limits. The book was reviewed by Carl Schmitt, who was then a jurist teaching at the University of Berlin. In an autobiographical essay written near the end of his life, Morgenthau related that, although he had looked forward to meeting Schmitt during a visit to Berlin, the meeting went badly and Morgenthau left thinking that he had been in the presence of (in his own words) "the demonic". By the late 1920s Schmitt was becoming the leading jurist of the rising Nazi movement in Germany, and Morgenthau came to see their positions as irreconcilable. (The editors of Morgenthau's The Concept of the Political [see below] state that "the reader of [Morgenthau's] The Concept of the Political ... will easily recognize that Morgenthau deplored Schmitt's understanding of the political on moral grounds and conceptual grounds.")
Following the completion of his doctoral dissertation, Morgenthau left Germany to complete his Habilitation dissertation (license to teach at universities) in Geneva. It was published in French as La Réalité des normes en particulier des normes du droit international: Fondements d'une théorie des normes (The Reality of Norms and in Particular the Norms of International Law: Foundations of a Theory of Norms). It has not been translated into English. The legal scholar Hans Kelsen, who had just arrived in Geneva as a professor, was an adviser to Morgenthau's dissertation. Kelsen was among the strongest critics of Carl Schmitt. Kelsen and Morgenthau became lifelong colleagues even after both emigrated from Europe to take their respective academic positions in the United States.
In 1933, Morgenthau published a second book in French, La notion du "politique", which was translated into English and published in 2012 as The Concept of the Political. In this book Morgenthau seeks to articulate the difference between legal disputes between nations and political disputes between nations or other litigants. The questions driving the inquiry are: (i) Who holds legal power over the objects or concerns being disputed? (ii) In what manner can the holder of this legal power be changed or held accountable? (iii) How can a dispute, the object of which concerns a legal power, be resolved? and (iv) In what manner will the holder of the legal power be protected in the course of exercising that power? For Morgenthau, the end goal of any legal system in this context is to "ensure justice and peace."
In his work in the 1920s and 1930s, Morgenthau sought a "functional jurisprudence," an alternative to mainstream international law. He borrowed ideas from Sigmund Freud, Max Weber, Roscoe Pound, and others. In 1940 Morgenthau set out a research program for legal functionalism in the article "Positivism, Functionalism, and International Law".
Francis Boyle has written that Morgenthau's post-war writings perhaps contributed to a "break between international political science and international legal studies."  However, Politics Among Nations contains a chapter on international law, and Morgenthau remained an active contributor to the subject of the relationship between international politics and international law until the end of his career.
American years and political realism
Hans Morgenthau is considered one of the "founding fathers" of the realist school in the 20th century. This school of thought holds that nation-states are the main actors in international relations and that the main concern of the field is the study of power. Morgenthau emphasized the importance of "the national interest", and in Politics Among Nations he wrote that "the main signpost that helps political realism to find its way through the landscape of international politics is the concept of interest defined in terms of power." Morgenthau is sometimes referred to as a classical realist or modern realist in order to differentiate his approach from the structural realism or neo-realism associated with Kenneth Waltz. Recent scholarly assessments of Morgenthau show that his intellectual trajectory was more complicated than originally thought. His realism was infused with moral considerations -- though not always acknowledged as such -- and during the last part of his life he favored supranational control of nuclear weapons and strongly opposed the U.S. role in the Vietnam War (see below).
Realism and Politics Among Nations (1948)
Morgenthau's Scientific Man versus Power Politics (1946) argued against an overreliance on science and technology as solutions to political and social problems. The book presented a "pessimistic view of human nature" centered on a universal lust for power and the inevitability of selfishness.
Starting with the second edition of Politics Among Nations, Morgenthau included a section in the opening chapter called "Six Principles of Political Realism".
The principles, paraphrased, are:
- Political realism believes that politics, like society in general, is governed by objective laws that have their roots in human nature.
- The main signpost of political realism is the concept of interest defined in terms of power, which infuses rational order into the subject matter of politics, and thus makes the theoretical understanding of politics possible. Political realism avoids concerns with the motives and ideology of statesmen. Political realism avoids reinterpreting reality to fit the policy. A good foreign policy minimizes risks and maximizes benefits.
- Realism recognizes that the determining kind of interest varies depending on the political and cultural context in which foreign policy is made. It does not give "interest defined as power" a meaning that is fixed once and for all.
- Political realism is aware of the moral significance of political action. It is also aware of the tension between the moral command and the requirements of successful political action. Realism maintains that universal moral principles must be filtered through the concrete circumstances of time and place, because they cannot be applied to the actions of states in their abstract universal formulation.
- Political realism refuses to identify the moral aspirations of a particular nation with the moral laws that govern the universe.
- The political realist maintains the autonomy of the political sphere; the statesman asks "How does this policy affect the power and interests of the nation?" Political realism is based on a pluralistic conception of human nature. The political realist must show where the nation's interests differ from the moralistic and legalistic viewpoints.
Morgenthau argued in Politics Among Nations that skillful diplomacy drawing on these principles could lead to stability via the balance of power. He wrote that "the balance of power and policies aiming at its preservation are not only inevitable, but an essential stabilizing factor in a society of sovereign nations." (For further discussion, see section on Criticism, below.)
Dissent on the Vietnam War
Morgenthau was a strong supporter of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. When the Eisenhower administration gained the White House, Morgenthau turned his efforts towards a large amount of writing for journals and the press in general. By the time of Kennedy's election in 1960, he had become a consultant to the Kennedy administration. When Johnson became President, Morgenthau became much more vocal in his dissent concerning American participation in the Vietnam war, for which he was dismissed as a consultant to the Johnson administration in 1965. This debate with Morgenthau has been related in books about policy advisors McGeorge Bundy and Walt Rostow. Morgenthau's dissent concerning American involvement in Vietnam, which he viewed mainly as a civil war whose "global significance" was "remote," brought him considerable public and media attention.
On 21 June 1965, Morgenthau debated Bundy live on television under the title Vietnam Dialogue: Mr. Bundy and the Professors with Eric Sevareid as the moderator. During the debate, Bundy accused Morgenthau of being a defeatist and pessimist, citing his 1961 statement that the Pathet Lao were destined to win the Lao civil war, leading Morgenthau to reply: "I may have been dead wrong on Laos, but it doesn't mean I am dead wrong on Vietnam." Bundy then brought up a statement Morgenthau made in 1956, praising President Diem of South Vietnam for creating a "miracle." The American journalist A.J. Langguth wrote that Bundy's point was irrelevant as Diem had been assassinated in 1963, but he made it sound as if Morgenthau was opportunistic and inconsistent. Bundy was generally regarded as having won the debate by viewers at the time.
Aside from his writing of Politics Among Nations, Morgenthau continued with a prolific writing career and published a three-volume collection of his essays in 1962. In addition to writing about current political affairs, Morgenthau also wrote about the philosophy of democratic theory when faced with situations of crisis or tension.
American years after 1965
Morgenthau's book Truth and Power, published in 1970, collected his essays from the previous turbulent decade dealing with both foreign policy, including Vietnam, and U.S. domestic politics, e.g. the civil rights movement. Morgenthau dedicated the book to Hans Kelsen, "who has taught us through his example how to speak Truth to Power." Morgenthau's last major book, Science: Servant or Master, was dedicated to his colleague Reinhold Niebuhr and published in 1972.
After 1965, Morgenthau became a leading voice in the discussion of just war theory in the modern nuclear era. Just war theory was further developed in the work of Paul Ramsey, Michael Walzer, and other scholars.
In summer 1978, Morgenthau wrote his last co-authored essay titled "The Roots of Narcissism," with Ethel Person of Columbia University. This essay was a continuation of Morgenthau's earlier study of this subject in his 1962 essay "Public Affairs: Love and Power," where Morgenthau engaged some of the themes that Niebuhr and the theologian Paul Tillich were addressing. Morgenthau was taken by his encounter with Tillich's book Love, Power and Justice, and he wrote a second essay related to the book's themes. More recently, Anthony Lang has recovered and published Morgenthau's extensive course notes on Aristotle (for a course Morgenthau taught while at the New School for Social Research during his New York years). The comparison of Morgenthau to Aristotle has been further explored by Molloy.
Morgenthau was a tireless reviewer of books during the several decades of his career as a scholar in the United States. He wrote nearly a hundred book reviews, including almost three dozen for The New York Review of Books alone. Morgenthau's last two book reviews were not written for The New York Review of Books and were of the books Soviet Perspectives on International Relations, 1956–1967, by William Zimmerman and Work, Society and Culture by Yves Simon. The last book review Morgenthau wrote for The New York Review of Books appeared in 1971. Morgenthau's first book review, written in 1940, was of Law, the State, and the International Community, by James Brown Scott. Morgenthau also commented on the Pentagon Papers.
Like Hannah Arendt, Morgenthau dedicated time and effort to the support of the state of Israel. Both Morgenthau and Arendt made annual trips to Israel to lend their established academic voices to its still young and growing academic community during its inaugural decades as a new nation. Morgenthau's interest in Israel also extended to the Middle East more generally, including the politics of oil. Morgenthau's interest in Israel extended further to related issues of geopolitics, and issues related to Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn.
Morgenthau remained throughout the Cold War an active participant in the discussion of U.S. foreign policy. He wrote in this connection about Henry Kissinger and his role in the Nixon administration. Morgenthau in 1977 also wrote a brief "Foreword" on the theme of terrorism as it began to emerge in the 1970s.
The reception of Morgenthau's work can be divided into three phases. The first phase occurred during Morgenthau's life up to his death in 1980. The second phase was between 1980 and the one hundred year commemoration of his birth that took place in 2004. The third phase of the reception of his writings is between the centenary commemoration and the present, which shows a vibrant discussion of his continuing influence.
Criticism during European years
In Morgenthau's early career, the book review of his dissertation by Carl Schmitt had a lasting and negative effect on Morgenthau. Schmitt had become a leading juristic voice for the rising Nazi movement in Germany and Morgenthau came to see their positions as incommensurable, although it has been argued that Schmitt and Morgenthau engaged in a "hidden dialogue" in which they influenced each other. Morgenthau subsequently met Hans Kelsen at Geneva while a student, and Kelsen's treatment of Morgenthau's writings left a lifelong positive impression upon the young Morgenthau. Kelsen in the 1920s had emerged as Schmitt's most thorough critic and had earned a reputation as a leading international critic of the then rising National Socialist movement in Germany, which matched Morgenthau's own negative opinion of Nazism.
Criticism during American years
While Morgenthau's Politics Among Nations had a large influence on a generation of scholars in global politics and international law, Morgenthau's views did not go unchallenged. On the one hand, some critics rejected the basic premises of Morgenthau's realist perspective. On the other hand, some theorists working within a realist framework, such as Kenneth Waltz and John Mearsheimer, took issue with aspects of Morgenthau's approach even while sharing some of his basic assumptions.
In his Theory of International Politics (1979), Kenneth Waltz urged more attention to purely "structural" elements of the international system, especially the distribution of capabilities among states. Waltz's neorealism was more self-consciously scientific than Morgenthau's version of realism. Waltz argued that balances of power recurrently form whether or not states intend that result. Waltz criticized Morgenthau for seeing the maintenance of a balance of power as dependent on states' motives and conscious aims, leading to what Waltz called a "distortion" of balance-of-power theory.
In contrast to Waltz's "defensive" realism, John Mearsheimer presented a theory of "offensive realism" in The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001). Mearsheimer agreed with Morgenthau that states seek to maximize their relative power but disagreed about the cause: whereas Morgenthau posited, in Mearsheimer's words, "a will to power inherent in every state," Mearsheimer argued that the "anarchical" character of the international system pushes states to acquire as much power as possible to maximize their chances of survival.
Another area of criticism concerned Morgenthau's treatment of the concept of the national interest. One scholar has suggested that Morgenthau erred in thinking that "the 'rational core of the national interest' can be ascertained by objective analysis." On this account, "the concept of the national interest simply cannot bear the weight Morgenthau assigned to it."
Morgenthau's concept of politics itself has been seen, at least by some writers, as a firmer basis for his position. While Morgenthau viewed politics as a struggle for power, he also viewed it as a struggle conducted by specific means and within certain limits. From this perspective, Morgenthau's distinction between political power and military power represented an effort "to insulate" the properly political realm "from the intrusion of physical violence and domination."
The conceptual distinction between political and military power may not always have influenced Morgenthau's views on specific policy issues, but it probably did so in the case of nuclear weapons. His concern with nuclear weapons and the arms race  led to discussions and debates with Henry Kissinger and others. Morgenthau saw many aspects of the nuclear arms race as a form of irrationality requiring the attention of responsible diplomats, statesmen, and scholars. However, Morgenthau's view that a world state would be required to solve the problem of nuclear weapons is in tension with the skepticism about global governance that his realist perspective implies.
Criticism of Morgenthau's legacy
Christoph Frei's intellectual biography of Morgenthau, published in English translation in 2001 (from the earlier German edition) was one of the first of many substantial publications about Morgenthau in the 2000s. Christoph Rohde published a biography of Morgenthau in 2004, still available only in German. Also around 2004, commemorative volumes were published on the occasion of the centenary of Morgenthau's birth.
John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago has contrasted Morgenthau's political realism to the neo-conservativism prevailing during the G.W. Bush Administration in the context of the 2003 Iraq war. For Morgenthau, the ethical and moral component of international politics was on the whole, and unlike the positions of either defensive neorealism or offensive neorealism, an integral part of the reasoning process of the international statesman and the essential content of responsible scholarship in international relations. Various aspects of Morgenthau's thought, as well as his place in relation to twentieth-century intellectual currents and the disciplinary history of political science and international relations, continue to be explored by scholars (see Further Reading section, below).
- Scientific Man versus Power Politics (1946) Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
- Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace (1948, and subsequent editions) New York NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
- In Defense of the National Interest (1951) New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
- The Purpose of American Politics (1960) New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
- Crossroad Papers: A Look Into the American Future (ed.) (1965) New York, NY: Norton.
- Truth and Power: Essays of a Decade, 1960–70 (1970) New York, NY: Praeger.
- Essays on Lincoln's Faith and Politics. (1983) Lanham, MD: Univ. Press of America for the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the Univ. of Virginia. Co-published with a separate text by David Hein.
- The Concept of the Political (2012; orig. 1933) Intro. by H. Behr and F. Roesch. Trans. by M. Vidal. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Morgenthau Lectures by the Carnegie Council
- E. H. Carr
- Kenneth W. Thompson
- Stephen Walt
- Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago
- Daniel Rice, Reinhold Niebuhr and His Circle of Influence (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013), complete chapter on Hans Morgenthau.
- Daniel Rice, Reinhold Niebuhr and His Circle of Influence, complete chapter on George Kennan.
- Scheuerman, William E. (2006-09-22). "Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau: Realism and Beyond". Cite journal requires
- Douglas Klusmeyer, "Beyond Tragedy: Hannah Arendt and Hans Morgenthau on Responsibility, Evil and Political Ethics," International Studies Review 11, no.2 (2009): 332–351.
- Rösch, Felix (2013-11-01). "Realism as social criticism: The thinking partnership of Hannah Arendt and Hans Morgenthau". International Politics. 50 (6): 815–829. doi:10.1057/ip.2013.32. ISSN 1384-5748. S2CID 143185901.
- Zambernardi, L. (2011). "The Impotence of Power: Morgenthau's Critique of American Intervention in Vietnam". Review of International Studies. 37 (3): 1335–1356. doi:10.1017/S0260210510001531.
- See e.g. Hans Morgenthau, In Defense of the National Interest: A Critical Examination of American Foreign Policy, with a new introduction by Kenneth W. Thompson (Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1982).
- Hartmut Behr and Felix Roesch, intro. to Hans Morgenthau, The Concept of the Political, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, p.13.
- G. O. Mazur, ed. One Hundred Year Commemoration to the Life of Hans Morgenthau. New York: Semenenko, 2004.
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- "Hans Morgenthau dies; noted political scientist". The Telegraph, July 21, 1980.
- "Research Results".
- ""Diamonds of the Rebbe" by Mordechai Staiman".
- Morgenthau, Hans. Die internationale Rechtspflege, ihr Wesen und ihre Grenzen, in the Frankfurter Abhandlungen zum Kriegsverhütungsrecht book series (Leipzig: Universitätsverlag Noske, 1929), still untranslated into English.
- "Fragment of an Intellectual Autobiography: 1904–1932," in Kenneth W. Thompson and Robert J. Myers, eds., Truth and Tragedy: A Tribute to Hans J. Morgenthau (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1984).
- Behr and Roesch, Intro. to Hans Morgenthau, The Concept of the Political, trans M. Vidal, p. 19. For a different view of the relation between Morgenthau's ideas and Schmitt's, see, e.g., W. Scheuerman, "Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau: Realism and Beyond" (see note 3).
- Morgenthau, Hans. La Réalité des normes en particulier des normes du droit international: Fondements d'une théorie des normes (Paris: Alcan, 1934).
- Morgenthau, Hans (2012). The Concept of the Political, Palgrave Macmillan.
- Schuett, Robert. "Freudian Roots of Political Realism: The Importance of Sigmund Freud to Hans J. Morgenthau's Theory of International Power Politics." History of the Human Sciences 20, no. 4 (2007): 53–78.
- Morgenthau, Hans J., "Positivism, Functionalism, and International Law," American Journal of International Law, vol 34, 2 (1940): 260–284
- Francis Boyle, World Politics and International Law, p. 12
- Morgenthau, Hans (1974). "International Law and International Politics: An Easy Partnership," Proceedings of the Annual Meetings of the American Society of International Law (1974), pp. 331–334.
- Cf. Jack Donnelly, Realism and International Relations (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000), pp. 11–12, though he prefers the label "biological realist" to "classical realist". For an argument that the differences between classical and structural realists have been exaggerated, see Parent, Joseph M.; Baron, Joshua M. (2011). "Elder Abuse: How the Moderns Mistreat Classical Realism". International Studies Review. 13 (2): 192–213. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2486.2011.01021.x.
- William E. Scheuerman, Hans Morgenthau: Realism and Beyond (Polity Press, 2009); Michael C. Williams, ed., Reconsidering Realism: The Legacy of Hans J. Morgenthau (Oxford Univ. Press, 2007); Christoph Frei, Hans J. Morgenthau: An Intellectual Biography (LSU Press, 2001).
- E.g.: Hans J. Morgenthau, "We Are Deluding Ourselves in Viet-Nam", New York Times Magazine, April 18, 1965, reprinted in The Viet-Nam Reader, ed. M. Raskin and B. Fall (Vintage Books, 1967), pp. 37–45.
- Michael J. Smith, Realist Thought from Weber to Kissinger (LSU Press, 1986), p.137.
- Ibid., p.136.
- Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, Fifth Edition, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, pp. 4–15.
- Russell, Greg. Hans J. Morgenthau and the Ethics of American Statecraft. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1990.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1974). "Macht und Ohnmacht des Menschen in technischen Zeitalter," in Oskar Schatz, Hrsg., Was wird aus dem Menschen? Analysen und Warnungen bedeutender Denker (Graz: Verlag Styria, 1974) [in HJMP, Container No. 175].
- Rösch, Felix (2014). "Pouvoir, puissance, and politics: Hans Morgenthau's dualistic concept of power?". Review of International Studies. 40 (2): 349–365. doi:10.1017/S0260210513000065. ISSN 0260-2105.
- Cozette, Murielle. "Reclaiming the Critical Dimension of Realism: Hans J. Morgenthau on the Ethics of Scholarship." Review of International Studies 34 (2008): 5–27.
- Murray, A. J. H. "The Moral Politics of Hans Morgenthau." The Review of Politics 58, no. 1 (1996): 81–107.
- H. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations, as quoted in Smith, Realist Thought from Weber to Kissinger, p.144.
- Scheuerman, William E. "Realism and the Left: The Case of Hans J. Morgenthau." Review of International Studies 34 (2008): 29–51.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1973). "The Lessons of Vietnam," in John H. Gilbert, ed., The New Era in American Foreign Policy (New York: St Martin's Press, 1973); Morgenthau, Hans (1975). "The Intellectual, Political, and Moral Roots of U. S. Failure in Vietnam," in William D. Coplin and Charles W. Kegley, Jr., eds., Analyzing International Relations: A Multimethod Introduction (New York: Praeger, 1975); Morgenthau, Hans (1975). "The Real Issue for the U.S. in Cambodia," The New Leader, vol. 58, issue 6 (March 17, 1975), pp. 4–6.
- Gordon Goldstein, Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, 2009; Kai Bird, The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms, Simon and Schuster, 2000.
- David Milne, America's Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War, Hill and Wang, 2008, p.153.
- H. Morgenthau, Truth and Power: Essays of a Decade, 1960-70, p.408.
- A.J. Langguth Our Vietnam, Simon and Schuster, 2000, p.368.
- Hans Morgenthau, Politics in the Twentieth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962), vol. 1 The Decline of Democratic Politics, vol. 2 The Impasse of American Foreign Policy, vol. 3 The Restoration of American Politics.
- Hans Morgenthau, "Democracy and Totalitarianism," (n. d.) MS in HJMP, Container No. 110.
- Hans Morgenthau, "Power and Powerlessness: Decline of Democratic Government," The New Republic, vol. 171, issue 19 (November 9, 1974), pp. 13–18.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1972). Science: Servant or Master? (New York: New American Library, 1972).
- E.g., Hans Morgenthau, "Vietnam and Cambodia" (exchange with Noam Chomsky and Michael Walzer) Dissent, vol. 25 (Fall 1978), pp. 386–391.
- Hans Morgenthau and Ethel Person (1978). "The Roots of Narcissism," The Partisan Review, pp 337–347, Summer 1978.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1962). "Public Affairs: Love and Power," Commentary 33:3 (March 1962): 248.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1974). "Justice and Power," Social Research, vol. 41, no. 1 (Spring 1974), pp. 163–175.
- Lang, Anthony F., Jr., ed. Political Theory and International Affairs: Hans J. Morgenthau on Aristotle's The Politics. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004.
- Molloy, Sean. "Aristotle, Epicurus, Morgenthau and the Political Ethics of the Lesser Evil." Journal of International Political Theory 5 (2009): 94–112.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1971). "Review of Book: Soviet Perspectives on International Relations, 1956–1967, by William Zimmerman," Political Science Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 4 (December 1971), pp. 675–676,
- Morgenthau, Hans (1974). "Review of Book: Work, Society and Culture by Yves Simon," The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 411 (January 1974), p. 229.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1971). "Wild Bunch", The New York Review of Books, 16 (February 11, 1971), pp. 38–41 (review of: Naïve Questions about Peace and War, by William Whitworth; The Tuesday Cabinet, by Henry F. Graff; Alliance Politics, by Richard E. Neustadt; Alternative to Armageddon, by Col. Wesley W. Yale, Gen. I. D. White, and Gen. Hasso E. von Manteuffel; Militarism, U. S. A., by Col. James A. Donovan.)
- Morgenthau, Hans (1940). "Review of Book: Law, the State, and the International Community, by James Brown Scott," Political Science Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 2 (June 1940), pp. 261–262.
- Morgenthau, Hans (1972). "The National Interest and the Pentagon Papers," (Exchange with Noam Chomsky) Partisan Review, vol. 39, no. 3 (Summer 1972), pp. 336–375.
- Hans Morgenthau, "The Geopolitics of Israel's Survival," The New Leader, vol. 56, issue 25 (December 24, 1973), pp. 4–6.
- "Address Delivered by Professor Hans Morgenthau at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Reuben Hecht Chair of Zionist Studies at the University of Haifa," (May 13, 1975) MS in HJMP, Container No. 175.
- Hans Morgenthau, "Facing Mideast Realities," The New Leader, vol. 61, issue 9 (April 24, 1978), pp. 4–6.
- "Daniel Berrigan and Hans Morgenthau Discuss the Moral Dilemma in the Middle East," Progressive, vol. 28 (March 1974), pp. 31–34; Hans Morgenthau, "Israel's Future," Conversation with Daniel J. Berrigan, aired as a Segment of WHET/13's "The 51st State" (January 1974) MS in HJMP, Container No. 175.
- Hans Morgenthau, "World Politics and the Politics of Oil," in Gary Eppen, ed., Energy: The Policy Issues (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975).
- Hans Morgenthau, "On Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov," (Exchange with Harrison Salisbury) War/Peace Report, vol. 13 (October 1974), pp. 7–13.
- Hans Morgenthau, "The Aborted Nixon Revolution: Watergate and the Future of American Politics," The New Republic, vol. 169, issue 6 (August 11, 1973), pp. 17–19; "The Danger of Détente," The New Leader, vol. 56, issue 19 (October 1, 1973), pp. 5–7.
- Hans Morgenthau, "Foreword," in Yonah Alexander and Seymour Maxwell Finger, eds., Terrorism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977).
- See W. Scheuerman, "Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau: Realism and Beyond" (see note 3). See also Hans-Karl Pichler, "The Godfathers of 'Truth': Max Weber and Carl Schmitt in Morgenthau's Theory of Power Politics," Review of International Studies, 1998, v.24, pp.185-200.
- Kenneth Waltz, Theory of International Politics, McGraw-Hill, 1979.
- Hartmut Behr and Amelia Heath. "Misreading in IR Theory and Ideology Critique: Morgenthau, Waltz and Neo-Realism," Review of International Studies 35 (2009): 327–49.
- Waltz, Theory of International Politics, p.119.
- Ibid., pp.119-120.
- John J. Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (W.W. Norton, 2001), pp.17-22.
- Michael J. Smith, Realist Thought from Weber to Kissinger (1986), p.154.
- Ibid., p.160.
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