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The Moral Standing of the State in International Politics : A Kantian Account, Hardback Book

The Moral Standing of the State in International Politics : A Kantian Account Hardback

Part of the Political Philosophy Now series



Kant's moral and political philosophy has been important in developing ethical thinking in International Relations.

This study argues that his theory of the state is crucially important to understand the moral agency of the state as it is discussed in contemporary debates.

For Kant, it is argued that the state has not only duties but also, controversially, inalienable rights that ground its relationship to its citizens and to other states.

Most importantly, the state - regardless of its governmental form or factual behaviour - has a right to exist as a state.

The Kantian Account provided, therefore, explores not only the moral agency but also the moral standing of the state, examining the status of different kinds of states in world politics and expectations towards their ethical behaviour.

Every state has a moral standing that must be respected in a morally imperfect world gradually transforming towards the ideal condition of perpetual peace.




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