State Sovereignty, Federation and Kant's Cosmopolitanism

Garrett Wallace Brown

in Grounding Cosmopolitanism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638819
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652822 | DOI:
State Sovereignty, Federation and Kant's Cosmopolitanism

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This chapter examines the role of states in Kant's cosmopolitan federation and attempts to clarify the relationship between the rights of states and the concept of cosmopolitan law. It explores Kant's move away from the traditional natural law concept of jus gentium to the idea of a pacific federation and its corresponding feature of cosmopolitan law. It outlines and examines the three definitive articles of Perpetual Peace and their primary significance in creating a cosmopolitan order. Through this exegetical examination, the chapter seeks to resolve the debate between Kantian scholars as to whether Kant's cosmopolitanism must be understood as advocating a federation of free states or a world republic. The chapter concludes by comparing Kant's cosmopolitanism to contemporary theories.

Keywords: Kant's cosmopolitan federation; cosmopolitan law; Perpetual Peace; free states; cosmopolitan order

Chapter.  15190 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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