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JLC 110 Institution Affiliation Kant’s Political Philosophy

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JLC 110 Institution Affiliation Kant’s Political Philosophy

Kant’s “Perpetual Peace”

  • What do you think Kant is getting at, by distinguishing between the “practical politician” and the “political theorist” in his introduction? How is this related to his claim that his “conclusion will appear merely academic and pedantic” at the end of the 1st article for peace?
  • What is the difference between “preliminary” articles for peace (section 1) and “definitive” articles for peace (section 2)?
  • What is the natural condition of men? What is the natural condition of states?
  • What is the difference between mode of government and sovereignty?
  • What is the difference between a republican government and a democratic one?
  • Why does Kant think a treaty of peace is insufficient for perpetual peace? What else does he think is needed? Is Kant advocating a world government? (section 2)
  • What is Kant’s “secret article for perpetual peace”? Why is it secret? What can philosophers contribute to world peace, according to Kant? (second supplement)