The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 147–159 | Cite as

Kant on International Relations

  • Burleigh T. Wilkins


This paper explores some of the problems which arise from Immanuel Kant’s commitment to both human rights and the rights of states. Michael Doyle believed it was contradictory for Kant to defend both human rights and non-intervention by states in the affairs of other states, but I argue that for Kant there was no such contradiction, and I explore Kant’s claim that the state is “a moral personality.” I also discuss Kant’s belief that “Nature guarantees” that perpetual peace will obtain, and I consider Kant as a teleologist.


Michael Doyle human rights Immanuel Kant intervention moral personality states teleology 


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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Burleigh T. Wilkins
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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