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Kant’s Political Legacy

Human Rights, Peace, Progress

Author(s): Luigi Caranti

Language: English

Genre(s): Philosophy

Series: Political Philosophy Now

March 2017320 pages

Hardback - 9781783169795 eBook - epub - 9781783169818 eBook - mobi - 9781783169825 eBook - pdf - 9781783169801

About The Book

This book focuses on Kant’s analysis of three issues crucial for contemporary politics. Starting from a new reading of Kant’s account of our innate right to freedom, it highlights how a Kantian foundation of human rights, properly understood and modified where necessary, appears more promising than the foundational arguments currently offered by philosophers. It then compares Kant’s model for peace with the apparently similar model of democratic peace to show that the two are profoundly different in content and in quality. The book concludes in analysis of Kant’s controversial view of history to rescue it from the idea that his belief in progress is at best over-optimistic and at worst dogmatic.


‘In his latest book, Luigi Caranti writes clearly and with insight not only about the legacy of Kant’s political philosophy, but also about our present political condition and the painful gap between the two. Arguing that Kant correctly interpreted can in fact offer better concrete guidance for political action in today’s world than many of his foes as well as friends realise, this is a work from which all thoughtful readers concerned with reducing injustice will benefit.’
– Professor Robert B. Louden, University of Southern Maine

‘Luigi Caranti demonstrates the importance of Kant’s political philosophy for today’s world. His defence of Kant’s rigorous commitment to the principle of the supreme value of personal freedom, combined with his need for sensitivity in the application of this fundamental principle, should be a lesson not just for Kant scholars and political philosophers, but for politicians and citizens throughout the world.’
- Professor Paul Guyer, Brown University

‘Kant’s political thought, as contained in a series of books and essays from the 1780s and 1790s, combines a primarily juridical perspective on the norms of civic life with a focus on the conditions of political progress toward equal freedom. Luigi Caranti’s book on Kant’s lasting legacy in political philosophy builds on recent international scholarship in the field, while seeking to extend the appeal of Kant’s thinking to contemporary political issues and concerns. Concentrating on three central interrelated topics (human rights, world peace and political progress), Caranti manages to move Kantian political thought from the level of abstract principles to the sphere of concrete political precepts. In the process, Kant emerges as a significant resource for current political theory and practice.’

- Günter Zöller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

About the Author(s)

Luigi Caranti

Luigi Caranti (PhD Boston University) is associate professor of political philosophy at the Università di Catania. He focuses on Kant and political philosophy, and has published books and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Political Philosophy, Kant Studien and Journal of Human Rights.

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