A Guide to Perpetual Peace

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine and Hamas’ attack on Israel are just two of the many conflicts that continue to shake the world. War would just seem to be part of human nature. Although making this observation 230 years ago, the polymath Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) then proceeded to formulate a 100-page blueprint for perpetual peace. Professor Rainer Schäfer from the Digital Kant Center NRW in Bonn discusses the practicality of Kant’s concept and its relevance for the 21st century.

Kant views war as the scourge of humanity. In the 1790s, princes waged wars against each other, often out of self-interest. Whilst Russia and Austria were fighting the Ottoman Empire, the newly founded United States had defeated the British a few years earlier. ...
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