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The Thorny Path to Eternal Peace (2014)

Author: M. Herbermann

Email: marc.herbermann@gmail.com

Affiliation: Literature Department, Kyonggi University, South Korea

Gwacheon-Si, Gwacheon-Dong 497-1
Nokwonmansion House B, Apt. 201
427-060 Republic of Korea

Article type: Standard scientific article

Section: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Language: language

Abstract (english):

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“ (Kant 1891a, 98) 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.

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