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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Eunji Kim on Sunday March 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Political science 1020 at Clemson University taught by Aron G. Tannenbaum in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Introduction to International Relations in Political Science at Clemson University.
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Week 3 / Tuesday January 19 and Thursday January 21 Topic: War and Human Nature Reading: Shimko chapter 5 This chapter asks whether the cause of human warfare lies in human nature, that is, whether warfare, violence and aggression are inherent / innate features of being human. The chapter first presents the case for the view that human nature is the cause of warfare (pp 108-114) and then presents the case against that idea (pp 114-121). The chapter ultimately leaves it up to each reader to decide which case is stronger. You should learn the main arguments that support each side of the argument. In this chapter there are references to Realism and to Liberalism, two theories of international relations. We will explore these two theories more thoroughly in the following week, in Shimko chapter 2. For now, however, just note how Realism is associated with the case for blaming human nature for warfare, and Liberalism is associated with the case against blaming human nature. This chapter concludes with two “Points of View” essays (pp 126-132, printed on purple paper). The first essay supports one of the two cases about human nature; the second essay supports the other case. Which is which? Finally, download and print the one-page document entitled “How to profitably read chapters in Shimko’s “International Relations.” It describes and explains the parts of each chapter and suggests a way to navigate through them.