To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch

By Immanuel Kant

Rating: 3 stars

In this short pamphlet, Kant lays out his thoughts on how to achieve permanent peace between nation states. Although I found some of it hard going, particularly the first supplement, some of it is very forward-looking, placing Kant very ahead of his time. He says, for example, that standing armies should be wound down and eventually abolished and that there should be no foreign debt between nations – ideas that are radical even today! Very interesting and thought-provoking stuff.

Book details

ISBN: 9780872206915
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Year of publication: 1795

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