The Thorny Path to Eternal Peace. Applying Kant´s Ideas to the Global Situation

Herbermann, Marc (2014) The Thorny Path to Eternal Peace. Applying Kant´s Ideas to the Global Situation. E-Logos, Electronic Journal for Philosophy (21). pp. 1-37. ISSN 1211-0442

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Abstract

The following essay introduces the idea of eternal peace as Immanuel Kant conceptualised it and how it relates to the contemporary global society. Kant´s political philosophy still covers a wide range of current issues. He envisioned, for example, „a center of federative union for other States to attach themselves to“ as a precondition for perpetual Peace. We can ask in how far the EU can serve as such a role model. Kant firmly believes that a peace guaranteeing federation should consist of republics. Looking at the present global system, can we identify these republics? Do states have the right to establish a democracy through military interventions? In spite of its consistency, unequalled depth of reasoning and its relevance to current developments, Kant´s concept of eternal peace still lingers in the shadows. Politicians often prefer to make wars. Some thinkers develop their own models for a peaceful world society, others engage in hermeneutic discussions in order to clarify Kant´s concept. They usually focus on one area of concern and scarcely back up their claims with empirical evidence. This paper, however, complements Kant´s ideas and relates them to current social, economic, political and cultural developments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immanuel Kant, eternal peace, international law, mass media, military expenditures, democracy, humanitarian intervention, religions, public reason, United States
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Geschichtsphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Gesellschaftsphilosophie, politische Philosophie, Rechtsphilosophi
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Interkulturelle Philosophie
Depositing User: Marc Herbermann
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 05:14
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 05:14
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/2462

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