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Christianity and War: Cosmopoltianism

Ethics and War, Crusades, Holy War


Cosmopolitanism is grounded in the international idealism of Immanuel Kant. Proponents of cosmopolitanism  argue that wars are caused by the existence of independent nation-states. In order to achieve peace, the nations of the world should unite under an international order and reject the use of war as a tool of foreign policy. Under this scheme, conflicts would be mediated and if necessary armed intervention could by taken by the governing international body (such as the UN) against rogue nations.

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