German professor stresses international peace through law

Panjab University’s Department of Philosophy had organised the symposium at the seminar hall of the Department of Sociology.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: October 19, 2016 11:53 am
panjab univesity, india news, indian express, Professor Michael Becker during a symposium at Panjab University, Chandigarh, Tuesday. Jasbir Malhi

Professor at Institute for Political Science & Sociology, Wurzburg University (Germany) Prof Michael Becker Tuesday delivered a symposium on “Kant and Rawls on International Peace through Law” at the Panjab University (PU). The university’s Department of Philosophy had organised the symposium at the seminar hall of the Department of Sociology.

Becker based his presentation on two seminal texts: Immanuel Kant’s “Perpetual Peace” (1795) and John Rawl’s “The Law of Peoples” (1999), presenting the key arguments of two political philosophers, 200 years apart from each other, and contextualised them in today’s context.

Becker established Kant and Rawls as almost parallel thinkers on the matter of “international peace through law” between nations and ended the presentation by suggesting that Rawls in fact modernises Kantian thinking.

The presentation was followed by a question and answer session, where Rawl was critiqued for influencing US Foreign Policy through his ideas of human rights and humanitarian intervention.

Earlier, the participants were welcomed and the symposium was chaired by Chairperson, Department of Philosophy Lallan Singh Baghel. The vote of thanks was given by Professor HP Sah, who thanked the people who participated and organised the seminar.

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