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“Vječni mir” i novi svjetski poredak
Perpetual Peace and the New World Order

Author(s): Vlatko Cvrtila
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Fakultet političkih znanosti u Zagrebu

Summary/Abstract: There have been a number of philosophical, legal and political concepts dealing with the issue of peace. The most famous discourse on the topic of peace is undoubtedly Kant's writing "Perpetual Peace" not only for the cogency of its ideas but also for the applicability of the majority of them in practice, particularly in terms of collective security. Kant's starting point was that peace is a rational and moral imperative of human nature, realized solely through human efforts. Though written two hundred years ago, his ideas have found acolytes in the post-coldwar period since they are, to a large extent, considered as emancipatory. Kant finds the guarantees for the realization of peace in the moral doctrine and thus rejects the use of force in the creation of peace. The relations among states are based on cooperation, not competition so that some elements of his project are reminiscent of the solutions applied in the system of collective security. The author looks into the viability of Kant's ideas in the post-coldwar period.

  • Issue Year: XXXIII/1996
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 55-69
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Croatian