Kant’s Political Theory: Interpretations and Applications

Paperback | July 31, 2012

EditorElisabeth Ellis

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Past interpreters of Kant’s thought seldom viewed his writings on politics as having much importance, especially in comparison with his writings on ethics, which (along with his major works, such as the Critique of Pure Reason) received the lion’s share of attention. But in recent years a new generation of scholars has revived interest in what Kant had to say about politics. From a position of engagement with today’s most pressing questions, this volume of essays offers a comprehensive introduction to Kant’s often misunderstood political thought. Covering the full range of sources of Kant’s political theory—including not only the Doctrine of Right, the Critiques, and the political essays but also Kant’s lectures and minor writings—the volume’s distinguished contributors demonstrate that Kant’s philosophy offers compelling positions that continue to inspire the best thinking on politics today.

Aside from the editor, the contributors are Michaele Ferguson, Louis-Philippe Hodgson, Ian Hunter, John Christian Laursen, Mika LaVaque-Manty, Onora O’Neill, Thomas W. Pogge, Arthur Ripstein, and Robert S. Taylor.

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Elisabeth Ellis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:027105378X

ISBN - 13:9780271053783

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Table of Contents

Contents

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Introduction

Elisabeth Ellis

1 Kant and the Social Contract Tradition

Onora O’Neill

2 Kant and the Circumstances of Justice

Arthur Ripstein

3 Is Kant’s Rechtslehre a “Comprehensive Liberalism”?

Thomas W. Pogge

4 Realizing External Freedom: The Kantian Argument for a World State

Louis-Philippe Hodgson

5 The Progress of Absolutism in Kant’s Essay “What Is Enlightenment?”

Robert S. Taylor

6 Unsocial Sociability: Perpetual Antagonism in Kant’s Political Thought

Michaele Ferguson

7 Kant’s Political Thought in the Prussian Enlightenment

Ian Hunter

8 Kant on Education

Mika LaVaque-Manty

9 Kant, Freedom of the Press, and Book Piracy

John Christian Laursen

Selected Bibliography

Index

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“Kant’s Political Theory . . . ably demonstrates that Kant’s politics deserves close attention. The volume’s nine essays take up a variety of Kantian themes (e.g., the nature and basis of justice, freedom and international community, and education) and helpfully illuminate them from different perspectives (e.g., philosophical, interpretive/textual, and historical). . . . All the essays are excellent, and many contain fresh, insightful readings of even the most familiar texts.”—J. Church, Choice