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Additional praise for Kant’s International Relations “Molloy provides a new reading of Kant for our more troubled times. His sophisticated, wide-­ ranging and provocative account seeks to reclaim Kant from the liberal cosmopolitans and to emphasize instead the political-­ theological dimensions of Kant’s understanding of International Relations.” —­ Andrew Hurrell, University of Oxford “Kant remains one of the most influential thinkers about world politics. He is also one of the most misunderstood. Seán Molloy’s penetrating assessment challenges both old and new orthodoxies surrounding Kant’s political vision, and his robust insistence on the theological dimensions of that vision presents fundamental questions for thinking about international politics in theory and in practice. By re-­ examining the relationship between Kant’s philosophy and his thinking about international politics, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of both—­it deserves wide attention and should generate substantial and important debate.” —­ Michael C. Williams, University of Ottawa “Provides an in-­ depth and careful reading of Kant as a figure who has largely been misinterpreted by theorists of international relations. Molloy demonstrates a familiarity with not only Kant but the secondary literature in both philosophy and political theory.” —­ Anthony F. Lang, University of St. Andrews Kant’s International Relations Why does Immanuel Kant (1724–­ 1804) consistently invoke providence and other theological ideas in his most prominent texts relating to international politics? This question animates this study of one of the preeminent philosophers of modernity. In this wide-­ ranging book, Seán Molloy proposes that texts such as Idea for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent and Toward Perpetual Peace cannot be fully understood without reference to Kant’s wider philosophical projects, and in particular the role that belief in God plays within the critical philosophy and Kant’s inquiries into anthropology, politics, and theology. The broader view that Molloy provides reveals the political-­ theological dimensions of Kant’s thought as directly related to his attempts to find a new basis for metaphysics in the sacrifice of knowledge to make room for faith. This book is certain to generate controversy. Kant has repeatedly been hailed as “the greatest of all theorists” in the field of International Relations (IR); in particular , he has been acknowledged as the forefather of cosmopolitanism and democratic peace theory. Yet Molloy charges that the common understanding of Kant is based on less than careful interpretation, neglect of core texts, and failure to recognize Kant’s ambivalences and ambiguities. Molloy’s return to Kant’s texts forces devotees of cosmopolitanism and other “Kantian” schools of thought in IR to critically assess their relationship with their supposed forebear: ultimately, they will be compelled either to seek different philosophical foundations or to find some way to accommodate both the complexity and the decisively theological aspects of Kant’s political ideas. Seán Molloy is Reader in International Relations at the University of Kent. Kant’s International Relations The Political Theology of Perpetual Peace Seán Molloy University of Michigan Press Ann Arbor Copyright © by the University of Michigan 2017 All rights reserved This book may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, including illustrations, in any form (beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press), without written permission from the publisher. Published in the United States of America by the University of Michigan Press Manufactured in the United States of America c Printed on acid-­ free paper 2020 2019 2018 2017  4 3 2 1 A CIP catalog record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-­ in-­ Publication Data Names: Molloy, Seán, author. Title: Kant’s international relations : the political theology of perpetual peace / Seán Molloy. Description: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2017. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: lccn 2016049898| isbn 9780472130405 (hardcover : alk. paper) | isbn 9780472122943 (e-­book) Subjects: LCSH: Kant, Immanuel, 1724–­ 1804—­ Political and social views. | International relations—­ Philosophy. | Peace (Philosophy) Classification: LCC jc181.k4 m65 2017 | DDC 327.101—­ dc23 LC record available at To My Wife (and expert bibliographer and indexer), Deborah Molloy. The Book Beastie Is Slain! ...


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