Curatorial Initiatives
Kant's Essay

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The Perpetual Peace Project is predicated on the belief that no one institution or individual can clearly claim or guarantee a mastery of the concept of peace.

Today, as in Kant's time, the concept of peace remains abstract and continues to be defined negatively as an absence of war.

For this reason our project takes on initiatives within multiple institutions, to create the conditions for proposing yet again the idea of peace.

The project is not attempting to actively formulate public policy; rather to conceptualize a peace movement, raising questions about how such a movement might occur.

This project can be understood through Kant's notion of 'publicity;' its many forums enable us to move conversations in different directions with multiple perspectives.

Eventually, this conversation must include everyone, since no one can claim to have absolute knowledge concerning the idea of peace.

European Union National Institutes of Culture
International Peace Institute
Slought Foundation
Syracuse University Humanities Center
United Nations University

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