On Perpetual Peace

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Broadview Press, Oct 2, 2015 - Philosophy - 136 pages
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Kant’s landmark essay “On Perpetual Peace” is as timely, relevant, and inspiring today as when it was first written over 200 years ago. In it we find a forward-looking vision of a world respectful of human rights, dominated by liberal democracies, and united in a cosmopolitan federation of diverse peoples. The essay is an expression of global idealism that remains an enduring antidote to the violence and cynicism that are all too often on display in international relations and foreign affairs.

This book features a fresh and vigorous translation of Kant’s essay by Ian Johnston, and it includes an extended introduction by philosopher Brian Orend. The introduction situates Kant’s essay in its historical context and offers a substantial analysis, section by section, of the essay itself. In doing so, Orend not only discusses Kant’s personal life and the history of the perpetual peace tradition, he also shows how Kant’s provocative ideas have inspired and infused our own time, especially the concept of a global alliance of free societies committed to respecting human rights.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
11
A Brief Chronology
45
A Note on the Text
47
A Note on the Translation
49
ON PERPETUAL PEACE A PHILOSOPHICAL SKETCH
51
APPENDICES
103
The Perpetual Peace Tradition
105
Related Additional Material by Kant
117
Reactions to the Traditionand to Kant
123
Suggested Further Reading
131
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About the author (2015)

Brian Orend is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of The Morality of War (Broadview), Introduction to International Studies (OUP), and Human Rights: Concept and Context (Broadview).

Ian Johnston is an Emeritus Professor at Vancouver Island University; he has translated numerous works from Greek, French, German, and Latin.

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