Kant on international relations

Journal of Ethics 11 (2):147 - 159 (2007)
This paper explores some of the problems which arise from Immanuel Kant’s commitment to both human rights and the rights of states. Michael Doyle believed it was contradictory for Kant to defend both human rights and non-intervention by states in the affairs of other states, but I argue that for Kant there was no such contradiction, and I explore Kant’s claim that the state is “a moral personality.” I also discuss Kant’s belief that “Nature guarantees” that perpetual peace will obtain, and I consider Kant as a teleologist.
Keywords Michael Doyle  human rights  Immanuel Kant  intervention  moral personality  states  teleology
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DOI 10.2307/20728500
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