The Domestic Analogy and the Kantian Project of Perpetual Peace

Bottici, Chiara The Domestic Analogy and the Kantian Project of Perpetual Peace. [Articles (Articoli)]

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One of the objections raised against the Kantian tradition of international relations[1] is that of its reliance on an essentially flawed analogy between domestic and international order. In Hedley Bull’s words, the “domestic analogy is the argument from the experience of individual men in domestic society to the experience of states, according to which states, like individuals, are capable of orderly social life only if, to use the Hobbesian expression, they stand in awe of a common power”(Bull 1977: 46). According to Bull, we must abandon the domestic analogy altogether, not only because the attempt to understand something by means of something else is a sign of infancy in a subject, but also because the international society is unique and owes its nature to qualities that are peculiar to the situation of sovereign states (Bull 1966a: 45).

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Additional Information: Pubblicato il 24/01/2005. This paper discusses arguments taken from my Uomini e Stati. Percorsi di un’analogia (2004, Pisa). A shorter version of this paper has been published in the Journal of Political Philosophy (December, 2003), while a German version is forthcoming in Merle, J.C. (Ed.), Globale Gerechtigkeit, (2005, Stuttgart). Si ringrazia il «Journal of Political Philosophy», le Edizioni ETS e la Frommann-Holzboog per aver autorizzato la pubblicazione.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kant, Perpetual Peace, domestic analogy
Subjects: P Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2008 14:16
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2008 14:16

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