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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About the Author
Elisabeth Ellis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.
Table of Contents
1 Kant and the Social Contract Tradition
2 Kant and the Circumstances of Justice
3 Is Kant’s Rechtslehre a “Comprehensive Liberalism”?
Thomas W. Pogge
4 Realizing External Freedom: The Kantian Argument for a World State
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
7 Kant’s Political Thought in the Prussian Enlightenment
8 Kant on Education
9 Kant, Freedom of the Press, and Book Piracy
John Christian Laursen