In 1795 Immanuel Kant outlined six preliminary conditions for peace between states in his famous essay Zum ewigen Frieden: Ein philosophischer Entwurf (Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch). The Redrafting Perpetual Peace initiative invited academics to engage in the project of re-writing Perpetual Peace to re-frame it for the contemporary world.

Kant for Kids

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The Kant for Kids project was launched by the Center for the Humanities at Utrecht University, an endeavor aimed to translate the concept of perpetual peace, and namely Kant’s six preliminary articles, into a terminology accessible and understandable for children. The translation thus entails not only adapting Kant’s text but also linking it to a contemporary political, social and economic context. The project has been carried out in constant consultation with a number of scholars from different disciplinary fields, including experts in philosophy for children, The end result is a book for kids which could be used either as a stand-alone reading or incorporated into a wider course related to philosophy and/or politics. Kant for Kids thus widens the scope of the Redrafting Perpetual Peace Project by inviting children as well into the conversation as active interlocutors. The e-book (in Dutch) can be read online, or downloaded via this link.

The team that developed the project was composed by four young academics: Brandon Pakker, Yvette Wijnandts, Ruben van den Mark, and Toa Maes.

Brandon Pakker initiated the Kant for Kids project and completed his MA in Philosophy at the University of Utrecht; he wrote his MA thesis on Kant’s essay Perpetual Peace, which was titled “Towards a Contemporary Understanding of Perpetual Peace: Kant on the Conditions for a Perpetual Peace”.

Yvette Wijnandts holds a MA degree in Gender and Ethnicity Studies from the University of Utrecht. She is currently doing her PhD research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and she uses postcolonial theory and critical feminist theory on ethics to gain a deeper understanding of the discourses surrounding animals in the food industry.

Ruben van den Mark did a BA in Liberal Arts & Science at University College Utrecht, and completed his MA in Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies. He recently finished another MA at the University of Warwick in Pan-Romanticisms. He is a teacher and tutor for children, and he is currently also working on the “Colombian Blood-Coles” project as part of the Peace of Minds Academy organized by the peace organisation PAX in Amsterdam.

Toa Maes finished her MA in Literature and Cultural Criticism at Utrecht University, and she is currently working at the Centre for the Humanities as personal assistant of Prof. Rosi Braidotti.

The team worked under the the coordination of the Centre for the Humanities Artist-in-Residence Janina Pigaht. Pigaht is an independent documentary film director who directed “Delfts Blauw meets Hijab” (2010), a documentary on Dutch Women who have converted to Islam, and “The Diaries of an Elephant” (2012) about the SS past of her grandfather. Her first movie went on to screen at SCENECS International Debut Filmfestival and aired on Dutch Television in 2012; her second one was broadcasted by the VPRO, premiered at the IDFA in 2012 and won the Best Newcomer award at the Dutch Film Festival in 2013.

Book details

Title: Aan de andere Kant van vrede

Authors: Toa Maes, Ruben van den Mark, Brandon Pakker and Yvette Wijnandts

ISBN: 9789082381917

Original design, layout and image processing: Katja Määttä and Aura Jgamadze (mail@auramaa.com)

Final design: Rosa van der Velde

Production and copyrights: Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University