XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

How the Critical Acquis Informs the Idea of Perpetual Peace

Tomas Baum

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Hume
Data: 24 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Kant’s peace essay explores the construction of peace along the lines of a juridical triptych: a-priori norms to assess the condition of an international legal order. From a normative point of view this invites a universalist engagement with Kantian political thought as can be found in the democratic peace debate and the cosmopolitan project. Against this interpretation I argue for a qualified particularist reading of Kant’s political thought, based on a close reading of the perpetual peace essay. My exposition will develop two distinct dimensions of Kantian political thought - the ‘politics of right’ and the ‘aesthetics of politics’. By invoking the critical acquis - a description of the functions, limits, and the potentiality of reason – Kant indicates how subjectivity enables the formal normative political framework that structures the Perpetual Peace essay.