Dr. Till Florian Tömmel (Shanghai Jiaotong University und Universität der Bundeswehr München) hält am 10. Juli 2019 um 10.15 Uhr einen Gastvortrag zum Thema:
Four Schools of Thought: The Competing Political Beliefs on America’s Role in the World.
Seen from a structural perspective, the United States has a very favourable geopolitical position, which gives Washington considerable leeway in its foreign affairs. With fewer external constraints than all other major powers and a highly pluralistic intellectual tradition, the relationship between the US and the rest of the world has been subject to an internal debate spanning more than two centuries. In his book Special Providence (2001), Walter Russell Mead designs four Weberian ideal types of distinct persuasions about the nature of American foreign policy. Each ‘school of thought’ is named after an American statesman who exemplified one of the four different persuasions: Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), and Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). In my talk, I will give special attention to the ‘Jacksonian’ tradition, and aim at discussing both the merits and the limits Mead’s typology.