Module Identifier IPM7430  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Howard L Williams  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Howard L Williams  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours. 10 x 2 Hour Seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 2 x 5000 word essays (50% Each)  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the moral and political thought of Immanuel Kant as it impacts on international politics. It will involve an in depth study of Kant's Perpetual Peace and the debates that arise from its reception in contemporary international relations theory, political theory and international relations in general.


  1. What is Kant's critical Philosophy? The politics of the Critique of Pure Reason
  2. Practice and moral perspective - the role of the categorical imperative
  3. Perpetual Peace - the six preliminary articles: what is wrong about secrecy, imperialism, national debts, standing armies and spying.
  4. Perpetual Peace - the first definitive article: republican constitutions and their contribution to peace. The democratic peace thesis.
  5. Perpetual Peace - the second definitive article: the pacific federation and international law. Contemporary interpretations, e.g. Habermas & Held
  6. Perpetual Peace - the third definitive article: how should we understand cosmopolitan right?
  7. Perpetual Peace - the guarantee of lasting peace: history and progress, practical not theoretical assurance. The end of history debate.
  8. Perpetual Peace - the role of the theorist (philosopher): how theory can make a difference.
  9. Perpetual Peace - morality and right: how realist politics is self defeating
  10. Perpetual Peace - the idea of transcendental public right: publicity as the measure of just policy


This module is at CQFW Level 7