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The essay does not treat republican governments as sufficient by themselves to produce peace: freedom of emigration hospitality and a league of nations are necessary to consciously enact his six-point program. Kant claims that republics will be at peace not only with each other, but are more pacifist than other forms of government in general. Legacy and influence[ edit ] The general idea that popular and responsible governments would be more inclined to promote peace and commerce became one current in the stream of European thought and political practice.
It was one element of the American policy of George Canning and the foreign policy of Lord Palmerston. Kant's recommendations were clearly represented in the s in the United Nations. Kant's essay is a three-legged stool besides the preliminary disarmament.
Various projects for perpetual peace have relied on one leg - either claiming that it is sufficient to produce peace, or that it will create the other two. Wells stated that it would be " the war to end war ", on the grounds that, once Prussian militarism and autocracy was replaced by popular government, European nations would not ever go to war with each other, because militarism and armaments resulted from the German threat.
This idea was much repeated and simplified over the next four years; at present, the idea that democracy by itself should prevent or minimize war is represented by various democratic peace theories. In , Norman Angell relied only upon the second leg, arguing that modern commerce made war necessarily unprofitable, even for the technically victorious country, and therefore the possibility of successful war was The Great Illusion.
James Mill had described the British Empire as outdoor relief for the upper classes; Joseph Schumpeter argued that capitalism made modern states inherently peaceful and opposed to conquest and imperialism , which economically favored the old aristocratic elites. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, act ions, claim s, proceedings, dem and, or cost s or dam ages what soever or howsoever caused arising direct ly or indirect ly in connect ion wit h or arising out of t he use of t his m at erial.
Journal of Human Rights, 5: Thanks to the work of Michael Doyle , however, the situation has significantly changed: Rather, it focuses on a rather peculiar critique that charges Kant, or the contemporary Kantians, of providing a certain degree of justification for a perpetual war against nonliberal states for the sake of perpet- ual peace.
Kenneth Waltz gives us the clearest expression of this opposition to crusading idealism. Because justice cannot be objectively defined, so argues Waltz, states hold different opinions about justice.
Downloaded by [Columbia University] at My suggestion is that Kant on this point shows a deep and interesting ambiguity that went largely unnoticed in the literature.
I also argue that this ambiguity captures and mirrors a tension still present in much of the contemporary theory of international relations: A generic refusal of violence is often combined with the necessity to limit national sovereignty and to intervene even militarily against a state that systematically violates human rights Henceforth HR.
In the final part of the article, I propose a line of thought that might lead to a satisfactory solution of this tension. Their immoral disposition was considered as the main cause of war. For Machiavelli and perhaps any realist, war is the natural choice for the prince. Hence, Machiavelli is not just an antidote against the rhetoric of Erasmus. He also reorients the analysis of Downloaded by [Columbia University] at Hence, we could say, the philosopher who provided the strongest justification for the absolute state also helped us to discover its intrinsic bellicose tendency.
As long as the absolute power of the state remained an unquestionable dogma, the only option left for a theory of peace was to think of political possibilities in which the absolute powers of Europe could come to put aside their natural tendency toward war. It is not an accident that all projects of peace of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries—among which that of the Abbot Saint-Pierre—considered the possibility of perpetual peace as compatible with the conservation of the absolute power of the state.
For these projects, peace will be achieved either if a most powerful state imposes its rule over the others on the model of the pax romana or if the European sovereigns coalesce into a union against the internal enemies revolutionaries, rebels, liberals, and so on.
This is precisely what Kant considers as the first of three steps necessary to reach perpetual peace. In addition, the executive power will be sharply distinguished from the legislative. If, as is inevitably the case under this constitution, the consent of the citizens is required to decide whether or not war is to be declared, it very natural that they will have great hesitation in embarking on so dangerous enterprise.
For this would mean calling down on themselves all the miseries of war, such as doing the fighting themselves, supplying the costs of war from their own resources, painfully making good the ensuing devastation5 Kant This is what happens in republics.
Things, however, are quite different with despotic regimes. Kant continues: But under a constitution where the subject is not a citizen, and which is therefore not republican, it is the simplest thing in the world to go to war. For the head of state is not a fellow citizen, but the owner of the state, and a war will not force him to make the slightest sacrifice so far as his banquets, hunts, pleasure palaces and court festivals are concerned.
He can thus decide on war, without any significant reason, as a kind of amusement, and unconcernedly leave it to the diplomatic corps who are always ready for such purposes to justify the war for the sake of propriety Kant If we want to take Kant seriously, we have to understand that peace will never be secure unless all despotic governments, one by one, are removed from the face of earth.
One may argue that Kant has in mind a spontaneous process in which each country reaches its democratic stage through natural development, without outside interference, as opposed to some kind of democratic crusade against the not-yet republics.
Even if democratic violence was not legitimate, at least it served the goal of advancing the final goal of history, that is, the transformation of all states into republics, which in turn would bring about peace.
This is exactly what the realist is keen to emphasize. Criticisms of this kind have been more and more frequent in recent years. Because justice cannot be objectively defined, states legitimately hold different views about the just constitu- tional regime. Although the idealists piously attempt to bring a secure and lasting peace to humanity, they end up increasing the likelihood of conflict.
Now, is Kant responsible for this charge or does it amount to a grotesque misinterpretation of Perpetual Peace? And Kant comments on this assertion by saying that even if a state is scandalous to the eyes of the citizens of another state and its government is responsible for serious injustices toward its citizens, this still does not entitle us to interfere in its internal affairs.
In another passage, Kant A moral condemnation of dictatorship is combined with a political denial of our alleged right to overthrow it.
The last clause, however, already points us in another direction. Are we to un- derstand that if the state is not under a lethal threat, then at least some degree of intervention by the international community or by another, more virtuous state is permissible?
Of course, even if this were the case, the intervention could not mean a complete removal of that state as such the engulfment mentioned by Kant ; otherwise, we would return to the case contemplated in the general rule.
CARANTI However, it would seem permissible to intervene to overthrow a despotic govern- ment, provided that the sovereignty remains in the hands of the people currently oppressed. There are other indications that Kant was not against some degree of violence for the improvement of the constitutional setting of states.
In a preparatory note of Perpetual Peace, Kant no date: Kant is not talking about an impersonal process where the national players one day or another will become republics but of an intentional process where these nonvirtuous states will have to accept changes in their constitutional apparatus, presumably imposed either by an internal opposition or by external force.
In fact, the idea of a reform entails the idea of a reformer, such that the active participation of a virtuous state or of a virtuous party within the state seems to be implied. It is hardly coinci- dental that revolutionary France is the greatest republic of Europe. France was the paramount example of a state in which violence had brought about a constitutional improvement and was perceived somewhat correctly as a potential exporter of the revolution.
In this context it should also be noted that Kant writes Perpetual Peace in the summer of , immediately after the Franco—Prussian peace that was the first implicit recognition by the international community of the post— France as a state with full juridical status. That Perpetual Peace can be and was read as a manifesto of revolutionary propaganda should not be a surprise. This principle, which had significantly appeared already in the French constitution, could serve the purpose of protecting France from external reactionary forces.
Also, the second part of the article makes a very significant exception to the general rule: If a state is split in two by a civil war, then intervention is permissible on the grounds that there is no longer a legitimate authority over that territory. Analogously, the theorization of the priority of politics over morality in the First Supplement in which Kant states, in a very Aristotelian mood, that good constitutions are not to be expected from the morality of people but rather that the converse is true lends itself to an indirect justification of violence.
Although the former can be taught by experience, and their enthusias- tic but politically unwise means perfected, the latter will never yield any good outcome. More precisely, it is the constant threat of assault from a neighboring state that induces all nations to leave the state of nature at the international level.
War not only has this indirect function based on the experience of its atrocities. Besides this providential function, Kant sometimes seems to assign to it an inherent value.
More importantly, he does not share the idea of the aesthetic of Downloaded by [Columbia University] at Is this position consistent? Also, even if Kant has a consistent theory, does that help us with our current difficulty in handling the question of the legitimacy of violence, say, for the protection of HR across the world? Can Kant help us in thinking about the alleged right to intervention for humanitarian purposes?
To begin with, one should notice that Kant has good reasons to deny a right to rebellion. Strictly speaking, no constitutional law can include a permission to rebel violently. Imagine a constitutional assembly that at the end of the constitutional draft would add this proviso: Notoriously, Locke grants a right to rebellion. In this case, however, the crisis would no longer count as violent rebellion. In either case, there is no such thing as a violent legitimate outcome of the crisis, as Locke seems to assume.
With regard to this point, it might be useful to start with a tentative account of our intuitions on the right to intervention. The use of violence for the sake of HR protection is commonly seen as legitimate if and only if the following conditions apply: Even if the fifth preliminary article was written, as we supposed, to defend France from a reaction of the European crowns, it nonetheless clearly states the illegitimacy of a crusade for liberal democracy. Kant explicitly rejects the idea of a war for a stable peace.
More importantly, when Kant expresses fondness for some revolutionary force that overthrows unconstitutional regimes, it is always with an important qualification: The appreciation can only come from the external point of view of a philosopher of history who looks at the world and, although condemning the breach of a juridical condition within a state, welcomes it as a step toward the ultimate goal of humankind, peace.
CARANTI the national frontiers in the hope that the spirit of commerce plays its pacifying role squares with the idea of gradual and nonviolent facilitation of global constitutional improvement. Once again, the key text here is the fifth provisional article.
The passivity of action toward scandalous states that Kant preaches is combined with a restless intellectual activity of denouncing unjust states. We may not impose democracy even if we know that the removal of one despotic regime would increase the stability of the world. This is no reason, however, to water down our standards of justice if we are to judge whether a particular state is despotic and for taking all the necessary nonviolent means to facilitate its transition toward a juridical condition.
The refusal of crusading enter- prises need not and should not be accompanied by the endorsement of relativistic moral standards.
The reason why it is impermissible to intervene is not that the standards of justice are relative—as the realist would say.
For Kant, the denial of freedom and equality before the law is wrong no matter where and when it occurs. There is no religious, social, or historical reason that could excuse that. Even theoreticians who are rather sensitive to the question of the cultural difference have at last recognized this quota of univer- salism.
Imposing external standards—no matter how just in themselves—when times are not mature might end up worsening the situation. In fact, we have just ex- perienced in Iraq how this can happen. Alternatively, the reason could be moral. Finally, the reason could be a combination of these two.
In any case, nothing here requires or even suggests relativism. NOTES 1. I have used H.
If no translation is available or if I opt for my own translation, after the year of publication I indicate the page in Downloaded by [Columbia University] at For this brief history of peace theory I am largely indebted to Alberto Burgio Kant had defined the civil state quite differently in the essay On the Common Saying.
We find there that the following three features are essential: The freedom of every member of society as a human being, 2. The equality of each with all the others as a subject, 3. The independence of each member of a commonwealth as a citizen.
In Kant claimed that we are equal merely as subjects, whereas in we are equal as citizens. This difference has led some commentators Marini Kant It is not clear why the constitutional guarantees, typical of a liberal state, that are meant, among other things, to avoid such risk by setting principles that no qualified majority can legitimately change would not be sufficient to solve the problem.
More importantly, it is not clear why the risk of despotism would diminish if the government is in the hand of few or of one instead of all. It is interesting to notice that Kant does not say that it is impossible that citizens chose to embark on the enterprise but simply that they will be very hesitant.
This could be taken as a sign that he was well aware that the mere democratic principle is not sufficient for guaranteeing perpetual peace, because, as the nationalistic wars of the s have shown, sometimes the people or the majority desire to go to war for their interest. This point is acknowledged by Doyle