Dangers of morality and the rationality of the desire for perpetual peace

Yyldyrym E.

JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND IDEOLOGIES, no.13, pp.47-58, 2006 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-58
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


This article tries to discuss the potential dangers of proposing a world order in the form of the morally based idea of perceptual peace as it is developed by Kant and further propagated by Habermas and Derrida. Drawing on a distinction between the Kantian idea of morality (Moralitat) attributed to the internality of man via its theological connection with god and an idea of ethics akin to Aristotelian and/or Hegelian notions (ethos or ethical life - Sittlichkeit), the article posits the question of the role of morality in the formation of the idea of perceptual peace. While doing this, it will also discuss some of the dangers of imposing a moral law under the pretext of moral necessity onto a humanity who may not will to adhere to the same principles. Thus, even though it does not discuss human rights directly, all the argument revolves around the question of the status of universal human rights as the law of the cosmopolitan world and the institutions imposing that law on today's nations.