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Author(s): Grigoris Ananiadis
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: rationalist approach; war; peace

Summary/Abstract: Dwelling on Kant’s treatment of the enemy in the context of both civil war and inter-state war, this paper argues that the “cosmopolitan” perspective he inaugurated is not as radical a departure from traditional realist conceptions of politics as is commonly supposed. Kant’s rationalist approach does indeed put the question of war and peace on a novel footing, but as his overall argument implicitly hangs on the concept of sovereignty – albeit the sovereignty of reason – it can hardly serve as a basis for political judgement.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 9-17
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English