Essay on The War Never Changes By Immanuel Kant

1739 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
‘War. War never changes.’ The tagline from the popular video game series, Fallout, suggesting that although the weapons used and how wars are fought my change, conflict in human nature never changes. Is war an inevitable part of global politics? According to Immanuel Kant the answer is no. Kant would have us believe that a perpetual peace is possible. In this essay I will discuss whether war is an inevitable part of global politics, and whether or not perpetual peace is possible, with reference to the work of Immanuel Kant. The body of my essay will consist of four main sections. What is meant by war and peace, in the global political perspective, Immanuel Kant’s position on the questions, and other theories and ideologies that would seek to either support or be in opposition to the statement that war is inevitable.

When discussing war and peace in this context it is important to have a proper framework in place for the definitions of these words. One apt definition of war is this: war is an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities (Lazar 2016). Hence, fighting between individual people, nor fight between gangs, nor a feud between two families constitutes a war .War is a phenomenon which occurs only between political communities, that is to say only states and entities wishing to become states (civil-war). Similarly, merely the threat of war and shared disdain between political communities do not constitute a war. The conflict of…

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