Journal of Social Philosophy 27 (2):158-167 (1996)

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War is only the sad recourse in the state of nature by which each state asserts its right by violence and in which neither party can be adjudged unjust ; in lieu of such a decision, the issue of the conflict decides on which side justice lies. We may well be astonished that the word “law” has not yet been banished from war politics as pedantic, and that no state has yet been bold enough to advocate [this banishment]. Up to the present, Hugo Grotius, Pufendorf, Vattel, and many other irritating comforters have been cited in justification of war, though their code, philosophically or diplomatically formulated, has not and cannot have the least legal force, because states as such do not stand under a common external power.—Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace
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