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Conceptualizing China Within the Kantian Peace
Harvard International Law Journal (2013)
  • Manik Suri
Immanuel Kant’s 1795 essay, “Toward Perpetual Peace,” established a concept of cosmopolitan law as the nemesis of war, instilling in generations of liberal thinkers and practitioners a vision of a world without conflict. Kant’s paradigm posited that “republican constitutions, a commercial spirit of international trade, and a federation of interdependent republics” would provide the basis for a “perpetual peace” amongst states bound together under international law. Yet cultural relativists since the time of Kant have argued that only certain nations – namely those with a “Europeanized” culture – are capable of coming together to secure this lasting peace. This paper seeks to challenge such claims and assess the contemporary relevance of Kant’s ‘perpetual peace’ under international law in light of one of the key geopolitical developments of our time: the rise of China.
Publication Date
Winter 2013
Citation Information
Manik Suri. "Conceptualizing China Within the Kantian Peace" Harvard International Law Journal Vol. 54 Iss. 1 (2013)
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