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Theories on Conflict: Kant versus Hegel


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Kant, Hegel, Conflict Theories


The German philosophers Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Hegel are often regarded as two of the most significant minds during the Age of Enlightenment. This essay will examine the similarities and differences in how the two philosophers approached the concept of “conflict,” which takes up a major part in their systems of history and philosophy. After comparing their theories of “conflict,” this essay will aim to apply the two philosophers’ ideas to analyze three modern conflicts: World War I, the Vietnam War, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through such a comparison and analysis, the timeless value of Kant and Hegel’s philosophical concepts will be emphasized.


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