Kant and Political Philosophy: The Contemporary Legacy

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In recent years there has been a major revival of interest in the political philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Thinkers have looked to Kant's theories about knowledge, history, the moral self and autonomy, and nature and aesthetics to seek the foundations of their own political philosophy. This volume, written by established authorities on Kant as well as by new scholars in the field, illuminates the ways in which contemporary thinkers differ regarding Kantian philosophy and Kant's ...
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Overview

In recent years there has been a major revival of interest in the political philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Thinkers have looked to Kant's theories about knowledge, history, the moral self and autonomy, and nature and aesthetics to seek the foundations of their own political philosophy. This volume, written by established authorities on Kant as well as by new scholars in the field, illuminates the ways in which contemporary thinkers differ regarding Kantian philosophy and Kant's legacy to political and ethical theory.
The book contains essays by Patrick Riley, Lewis White Beck, Mary Gregor, and Richard L. Velkley that place Kant in the tradition of political philosophy; chapters by Dieter Henrich, Susan Shell, Michael W. Doyle, and Joseph M. Knippenberg that examine Kantian perspectives on history and politics; contributions by William A. Galston, Bernard Yack, William James Booth, and Ronald Beiner that judge the Kantian legacy; and classic discussions by John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and Hans-Georg Gadamer that present different perspectives on contemporary debates about Kant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300066418
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Kant in the Tradition of Political Philosophy 7
1 The Elements of Kant's Practical Philosophy 9
2 Kant's Two Conceptions of the Will in Their Political Context 38
3 Kant on "Natural Rights" 50
4 The Crisis of the End of Reason in Kant's Philosophy and the Remarks of 1764-1765 76
II Kantian Perspectives on History and Politics 95
5 On the Meaning of Rational Action in the State 97
6 Commerce and Community in Kant's Early Thought 117
7 The Politics of Kant's Philosophy 155
8 Liberalism and International Relations 173
III Judging the Kantian Legacy 205
9 What Is Living and What Is Dead in Kant's Practical Philosophy? 207
10 The Problem with Kantian Liberalism 224
11 The Limits of Autonomy: Karl Marx's Kant Critique 245
12 Kant, the Sublime, and Nature 276
IV Contemporary Debates 289
13 Themes in Kant's Moral Philosophy 291
14 Morality and Ethical Life: Does Hegel's Critique of Kant Apply to Discourse Ethics? 320
15 The Motivation behind a Procedural Ethics 337
16 On the Possibility of a Philosophical Ethics 361
List of Contributors 375
Index 377
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