Kant and the Gulf War
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This paper discusses how, in Immanuel Kant's "Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View" Kant proposes several ideas which could be applied to the 1991 Gulf War. The paper also looks at how the actions undertaken by the US and its allies against Iraq are seen as a collective and rational action as they are defending and upholding the rights of the people of Kuwait against Iraq.
From the Paper:"Kant stated that "the greatest problem for the human, to the solution of which nature drives man, is the achievement of a universal civic society which administers law among men" (Idea, 1963). Kant's premise on this statement is manifested with the existence of the United Nations whose roots came from the League of Nations that was established after World War 1. Both institutions are intended to prevent the escalation of conflicts to full blown wars. Unfortunately, however the United Nation failed to mitigate regional armed conflicts such as the Gulf War from taking place. Kant's notion of a universal civic society is quite difficult to achieve in the sense that sovereign states and other stakeholders in the international arena are actively pursuing their respective agenda and there is no entity, a cosmopolitan government that has the ability to reconcile conflicts among stakeholders and have the clout to enforce collective decisions that are binding to everyone. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Heywood, Andrew. 1999. Political Theories. Great Britain: McMillan Press Ltd.
- Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784). Translation by Lewis White Beck. From Immanuel Kant, "On History," The Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1963.
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