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VI People in Portrait, 54 Immanuel Kant (1724–1804)

Pauline Kleingeld

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 08 February 2023

1648-1815 — Use of force, war, peace and neutrality
Immanuel Kant has decisively shaped debates in Western philosophy on a broad range of subjects, including ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. His contributions to the field of international law include most famously his advocacy of a league of nations, his claim that ‘republican’ States tend not to start a war, and his defence of what he termed ‘cosmopolitan law’. His precise position on these issues remains a subject of dispute, however, as does the overall consistency of his published views. Kant was born in 1724 in Königsberg, East Prussia,...
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