Kant's Doctrine of Right in the Twenty-first Century

Editor(s) Larry Krasnoff,Nuria Sánchez Madrid,Paula Satne

Language: English

Genre(s): Philosophy

Series: Political Philosophy Now

  • February 2018 · 304 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786831804
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786831811
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786831828

About The Book

For a very long time, Kant’s Doctrine of Right languished in relative neglect, even among those who wanted to defend a Kantian position in political philosophy. Kant’s more interesting claims about politics were often said to be located elsewhere. This anthology examines a wide range of issues discussed by Kant in the Doctrine of Right and other closely related texts, including his views on social contract theory, private property, human rights, welfare and equality, civil disobedience, perpetual peace, forgiveness and punishment, and marriage equality. The authors have all tested Kant’s arguments for possible political application, reaching different and sometimes opposing conclusions. The result is a highly original volume that not only enhances the understanding of Kant’s political philosophy, but also invites substantive debate within the Kantian tradition and beyond.


‘The most important advances in Kant scholarship often appear as collections of essays; this essential volume on Kant’s Doctrine of Right and twenty-first-century political philosophy is no exception. In good Kantian fashion, the essays apply cutting-edge scholarship to produce pairs of contrasting answers to key questions in political philosophy.’

-Professor Elisabeth Ellis, University of Otago

‘This collection of essays evidences the exciting capacity of Kant’s thought to continue opening new spaces for reflection within the most pressing contemporary debates. The essays within this volume demonstrate that Kant’s much-neglected Doctrine of Right stands alongside Rawls’s Theory of Justice and Darwall’s Welfare and Rational Care in its capacity to challenge our contemporary individualism and prompt us to search for a more expansive, socially responsible political theory.’
– Dr Andrew Cooper, Durham University


Introduction – Larry Krasnoff, Nuria Sánchez Madrid and Paula Satne
1 The Originality of Kant’s Social Contract Theory – Macarena Marey
2 Private Property and the Possibility of Consent: Kant and Social Contract Theory – Alice Pinheiro Walla
3 Judging Rights by Their Duties: A Kantian Perspective on Human Rights – Eric Boot
4 The Proper Task of Kantian Politics: The Relationship between Politics and Happiness – Masataka Oki
5 Kant on Poverty and Welfare: Social Demands and Juridical Goals in Kant’s Doctrine of Right – Nuria Sánchez Madrid
6 On the (Supposed) Distinction Between Classical and Welfare Liberalism: Lessons from the Doctrine of Right – Larry Krasnoff
7 Resistance and Reform in Kant’s Doctrine of Right – Wendy Brockie
8 Civil Disobedience: Towards a New Kantian Conception – Alyssa R. Bernstein
9 Kantian Insights on the Moral Personality of the State – Milla Emilia Vaha
10 Kant’s Guarantee for Perpetual Peace: A Reinterpretation and Defence – Sorin Baiasu
11 Forgiveness and Punishment in Kant’s Moral System – Paula Satne
12 A Universal Estate: On Kant and Marriage Equality – Jordan Pascoe

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Larry Krasnoff

Larry Krasnoff is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the College of Charleston.

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Author(s): Nuria Sánchez Madrid

Nuria Sánchez Madrid is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University Complutense of Madrid.

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Author(s): Paula Satne

Paula Satne is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Manchester.

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