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Perpetual Peace, by Immanuel Kant

The practicability or objective reality of this idea of federation which is to extend gradually over all states and so lead to perpetual peace can be shown.
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At the end of the 18th century, looking back on the astounding success of the enlightenment and the social advances it brought, philosophers began to seriously consider that even their wildest dreams for the future were not impossible, and thus they began to lay down the groundwork for one of the grandest dreams of all: a world without war.

By 1795, Kant had already established himself as one of the most influential philosophers of the time in the fields of aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Using his moral philosophy as a starting point, he penned this essay describing the possibility, or rather inevitability, of perpetual peace between nations. For over a century, it was wildly influential, but no one could have foreseen the coming of the 20th century dictator and after WWⅠⅠ, the idea of perpetual peace faded. However, recently interest has revived, and Kant’s essay is once again being widely discussed, two centuries later.