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The Liberal Cosmopolitan Pillar - The Importance of Interpretation

Sandström, Kristoffer LU (2017) STVK02 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The democratic peace theory explains why liberal democratic states do not engage in war with one another. According to Michael Doyle, the theory rests on three pillars, which together explain the democratic peace - whereas one of which pillars is of interest for this thesis. The cosmopolitan pillar is concerned with the “spirit of commerce”, that is, international trade and economic interdependence. At least, through a liberal perspective. Michael Doyle claims to have based his research for his article Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs off of Immanuel Kant’s work on republican perpetual peace where Kant highlighted the importance of the cosmopolitan right - thus, I argue that the similarities between the two theories are nothing... (More)
The democratic peace theory explains why liberal democratic states do not engage in war with one another. According to Michael Doyle, the theory rests on three pillars, which together explain the democratic peace - whereas one of which pillars is of interest for this thesis. The cosmopolitan pillar is concerned with the “spirit of commerce”, that is, international trade and economic interdependence. At least, through a liberal perspective. Michael Doyle claims to have based his research for his article Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs off of Immanuel Kant’s work on republican perpetual peace where Kant highlighted the importance of the cosmopolitan right - thus, I argue that the similarities between the two theories are nothing but faint. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to underline the divergence between perspectives and the importance of this interpretation. I intend to present this observation by using the method of ideological criticism, where the most prominent works of each perspective is run through three dimensions of analysis providing simple observations of interest for my purpose. The result of which draws attention to the misinterpretation made by the liberal scholars, whom through their interpretation has been dragging Kant’s legacy through the dirt. (Less)
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Sandström, Kristoffer LU
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STVK02 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Democratic Peace Theory, International Relations, Liberal Perspective, Republican Perspective, Cosmopolitan Pillar
language
English
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8922465
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2018-04-27 10:15:15
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  abstract     = {The democratic peace theory explains why liberal democratic states do not engage in war with one another. According to Michael Doyle, the theory rests on three pillars, which together explain the democratic peace - whereas one of which pillars is of interest for this thesis. The cosmopolitan pillar is concerned with the “spirit of commerce”, that is, international trade and economic interdependence. At least, through a liberal perspective. Michael Doyle claims to have based his research for his article Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs off of Immanuel Kant’s work on republican perpetual peace where Kant highlighted the importance of the cosmopolitan right - thus, I argue that the similarities between the two theories are nothing but faint. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to underline the divergence between perspectives and the importance of this interpretation. I intend to present this observation by using the method of ideological criticism, where the most prominent works of each perspective is run through three dimensions of analysis providing simple observations of interest for my purpose. The result of which draws attention to the misinterpretation made by the liberal scholars, whom through their interpretation has been dragging Kant’s legacy through the dirt.},
  author       = {Sandström, Kristoffer},
  keyword      = {Democratic Peace Theory,International Relations,Liberal Perspective,Republican Perspective,Cosmopolitan Pillar},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Liberal Cosmopolitan Pillar - The Importance of Interpretation},
  year         = {2017},
}