Idealism” is the underpinning of theories of International Relations. Discuss
Idealism in international relations symbolizes a set of ideas which together oppose war and advocate the reform of international community through dependence upon moral values and the development of international institutions and international law.
Idealism is the underpinning of the theories of international relations as it stands for improving the course of international relations by eliminating war, hunger, inequality, tyranny, force, suppression and violence from international relations. To remove these evils is the objective before humankind. Idealism accepts the possibility of creating a world free from these evils by depending upon reason, science and education.
It is also the underpinning of theories of international relations because the subsequent theories of international relations have significantly drawn elements from Wilsonian-style idealism when constructing their world views. In addition, scholars describing themselves either as idealists or as sympathetic to the school of thought have remained active in international relations studies.