Welfare in the Kantian State by Alexander Kaufman

Welfare in the Kantian State

byAlexander Kaufman

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Kant's theory of justice continues to exert a powerful influence on contemporary discussions of justice and equality. Modern theorists disagree, however, regarding the implications of Kant's theory for the state's responsibility for public welfare. A traditional interpretation holds thatKant's political theory simply constitutes an account of the constraints which reason places on the state's authority to regulate external action. Alexander Kaufman argues that this traditional interpretation succeeds neither as a faithful reading of Kant's texts nor as a plausible, philosophically sound reconstruction of a `Kantian' political theory. Rather he argues that Kant's political theory articulates a positive conception of thestate's role. In particular, Kantian justice requires that each member of society must be guaranteed the opportunity to realize his or her purposive capacities. In order to secure this guarantee, Kantian justice requires interventions to ensure equality of capabilities.

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Alexander Kaufman is Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago
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Title:Welfare in the Kantian StateFormat:HardcoverPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abbreviations and Note on TranslationsAcknowledgementsPreface1. Kant and Welfare2. Happiness and Welfare3. Teleology, Rational Faith, and Context Dependence4. Systematicity and Political Salience5. Political Judgement6. A Kantian Model for Social Welfare TheoryBibliographyIndex