Department of Philosophy, Panjab University had organised a symposium at the seminar hall of Sociology Department. Prof Michael Becker, Professor at Institute of Political Science & Sociology, Wurzburg University of Germany delivered a symposium on the subject of Kant and Rawls on "International Peace through Law".
Prof Michael Becker based his presentation on two seminal texts
- John Rawl’s “The Law of Peoples” (1999)
- Immanuel Kant’s “Perpetual Peace” (1795)
He presented the key arguments of two political philosophers who are 200 years apart from each other and their philosophy still contextualised them in today’s world.
The speaker established Rawls and Kant as almost parallel thinkers on the matter of “international peace through law” and also between the nations. He ended the presentation by suggesting that Rawls, in fact, represents modernised Kantian thinking.
At the end of the Symposium, there was a question and answer session, where the speaker took several questions from the audiences, where he was analysed for influencing US Foreign Policy through his ideas of humanitarian intervention and human rights.
Before the start of the symposium, all the participants were welcomed. The symposium was chaired by Lallan Singh Baghel, Chairperson, Department of Philosophy. In his valedictory speech, Professor HP Sah thanked the people who participated in the seminar and also for organising it in a nice manner.