2023-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The War in Ukraine and the Threat of the Return of the Old-World Order


/Scott Shapiro interviewed by Eli Kramer /

EK: Thanks for talking with me today. Your book, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World is not only kind of groundbreaking in the way it changes how we think about the role of international law in the history and philosophy of culture, and some of our progressive success of not having disastrous violence shape us each generation, but it has only become more relevant since the war in Ukraine was launched. As a starting point for our conversation, can you summarize the main premise of the work?
SS: It’s a story about the modern international order. Despite its imperfections, it needs to be defended now more than ever. The central argument of the book is that the origins of the modern international order can be traced to a specific date in history. Namely August 27th, 1928, when the great leaders of the world gathered in Paris to outlaw war. The treaty that was signed on that day is sometimes called the Kellogg-Briand Pact, the Peace Pact, or the Paris Peace Pact. Its actual formal designation was “The General Treaty for the Renunciation of War,” basically saying it all was an attempt to outlaw war. Now, of course most people have never heard of it. It’s amazing that basically all the countries in the world decide to outlaw war, which in itself is initially a strange thing to do, but then nobody knows about it.

How to cite:

Shapiro, Scott. “The War in Ukraine and the Threat of the Return of the Old-World Order.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 7, no. 2 (2023):  103-110. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2023.0018.


Scott Shapiro
Yale Law School, Yale University
127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

Eli Kramer (Interviewer)
Institute of Philosophy, University of Wrocław
ul. Koszarowa 3/20, 51-149 Wrocław, Poland

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