Celestial landscapes have a meditative quality propitious to mirroring the innermost movements of the soul and to eliciting a sense of its connection with the rest of the universe. “Two things,” Immanuel Kant famously wrote, “fill the heart with renewed and increasing awe and reverence the more often and the more steadily that they are meditated on: the starry skies above me and the moral law inside me.”

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About Nicolas Guilhot

Senior researcher at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and deputy director of CIRHUS (Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences) at New York University. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics and at Columbia University. His books include The Invention of International Relations Theory: Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 1954 Conference on Theory (Columbia, 2011); and The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order (Columbia, 2005). He is currently working on a history of international relations theory titled Morgenthau's Flight: International Relations from Decisionism to Rational Choice.