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Does Kant Justify Liberal Intervention?


The recent US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have renewed the debate over whether military interventions intended to impose democracy in a foreign state are consistent with liberal principles. The liberal political tradition within the United States has often been divided over this question. At issue is what place, if any, military force should have in a foreign policy dedicated to promoting goals such as the spread of electoral democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

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H. W. Brands , What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Immanuel Kant , The Metaphysics of Morals, ed. Mary Gregor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Arthur Ripstein , Force and Freedom: Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009), 145–81

Pauline Kleingeld , “Kant's Theory of Peace,” in The Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy, ed. Paul Guyer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 477504

Byrd and Hruschka , Kant's Doctrine of Right: A Commentary [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010], 188–96

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The Review of Politics
  • ISSN: 0034-6705
  • EISSN: 1748-6858
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