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Kant and the Law of Peace

A Study in the Philosophy of International Law and International Relations


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Charles Covell
    Pages 1-15
  3. Charles Covell
    Pages 16-31
  4. Charles Covell
    Pages 32-67
  5. Charles Covell
    Pages 68-70
  6. Charles Covell
    Pages 71-100
  7. Charles Covell
    Pages 101-118
  8. Charles Covell
    Pages 119-167
  9. Charles Covell
    Pages 168-187
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 188-237

About this book


Kant and the Law of Peace is a critical examination of the jurisprudential aspects of Kant's international thought, with reference to the argument of his treatise Perpetual Peace (1795). Kant's international thought is situated in the wider context of his moral and political philosophy. Particular attention is given to explaining how Kant saw law as providing the basis for peace among men and states in the international sphere, and how, in his exposition of the elements of the law of peace, he broke with the secular natural law tradition of Grotius, Hobbes, Wolff and Vattel.


ethics international law international relations Kant law morality philosophy political philosophy Thomas Hobbes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TsukubaJapan

About the authors

Charles Covell is Associate Professor of Political Science and Jurisprudence at the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

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