Redrafting Kant’s Perpetual Peace

When:10 Dec 2013, 2pm - 5pm
Venue:Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)
Who:Prof. Gregg Lambert (Syracuse)
Gregg Lambert

In 1795 Immanuel Kant outlined six preliminary articles for perpetual peace among states. More than 200 years later, Redrafting Perpetual Peace project encourages to re-think Kant’s six basic conditions for peace. Through a collection of short films and critical essays we invite you to ask the question: how can we re-frame the idea of perpetual peace for the contemporary world

Immanuel Kant’s original essay Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch (1795) takes a form of an international treaty. Perpetual Peace consists of two sections. The first section contains the Preliminary Articles of a Perpetual Peace between States. The second section consists of Definitive Articles of a Perpetual Peace between States. Next to these two sections Kant also provides two Supplementary Articles. The Redrafting Perpetual Peace kept the structure of the original document, and asked the authors to re-frame six preliminary articles for the contemporary world.

The redrafted preliminary articles, together with other contributions, are expected to be published in a volume: Re-Drafting Perpetual Peace, edited by Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University) and Prof. Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University) in 2014.

Gregg Lambert (editor) is Founding Director and Dean’s Professor of Humanities, Syracuse University Humanities Center, as well as Project Director/Principal Investigator of the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor, which includes Cornell University and the University of Rochester. Professor Lambert is internationally renowned for his scholarship on comparative baroque and neo-baroque culture, contemporary issues in critical theory and the academic Humanities, and 20th century continental philosophy, and especially for his writings on the late contemporary French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. He is author of eight books and critical editions, and over fifty articles and scholarly chapters; his various writings have been translated into French, Korean, Japanese, Norwegian, and several other languages. His major works include The Non-Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (2002), The Return of the Baroque in Modern Culture (2004), Who’s Afraid of Deleuze and Guattari? (2008), and the three-volume Jean-Francois Lyotard: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory (2006), co-edited with Victor E. Taylor. More information:

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