Reason, Normativity and Law

New Essays in Kantian Philosophy

Editor(s) Alice Pinheiro Walla,Mehmet Ruhi Demiray

Language: English

Genre(s): Philosophy

Series: Political Philosophy Now

  • February 2020 · 304 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786835123
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786835130
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786835147

About The Book

How should we act? How should the world be organised? This new anthology on Kant’s practical philosophy guides the reader from the general question of the nature of reasons and rationality in Kant’s philosophical system to the Kantian task of promoting justice and peace at the global level. Contributions to this volume show how the Kantian idea of reason as a source of normativity is grounded, and which implications and applications the Kantian approach might bring about. The volume covers three areas – meta-ethics, political thought and theory, and applied politics – and although these are different spheres of thought, they are interconnected in a fundamental way through Kant’s account of normativity as derived from reason. The volume provides an overview of recent debates in Kant scholarship and groundbreaking new applications of Kant’s theory to current affairs.


‘In the past two decades, Kant’s political philosophy has attracted new attention. The essays in this volume show just how fruitful this attention can be, bringing themes from his political philosophy to bear on fundamental questions of metaethics, morality, and contemporary issues of global justice. The quality of the essays is
consistently high, and they will be of interest not only to Kant scholars but to people working across practical philosophy.’
-Professor Arthur Ripstein, University of Toronto

‘This fine collection of essays covers an impressive range of topics, from the foundations of Kantian ethics and his philosophy of law, to human and territorial rights and the question whether the European Union’s treatment of non-EU citizens is compatible with Kant’s cosmopolitan right. The spirit of the Enlightenment can be felt throughout. Anyone interested in moral, legal and political philosophy should study these papers with care.’
-Professor Jens Timmermann, University of St Andrews

‘This book displays a ground-breaking account of the potentiality that Kant’s conception of normativity entails for successfully dealing with key quandaries of our time. It retrieves, especially from Kant’s practical philosophy, helpful guidance for shedding light on contemporary ethical and legal troubles, and for critically engaging crucial sources of the political and social anxieties that burden our world.’
-Dr Nuria Sánchez Madrid, Complutense University of Madrid


List of Illustrations
Introduction Alice Pinheiro Walla and Ruhi Demiray
Part I: Reason and Normativity
1. Can Kantian Constructivism Avoid Realist Commitments? Michael Lyons
2. Staying Philosophically on the Surface: Constitutivist and Naturalist Quests for Normativity Sorin Baiasu
3. The Politics of Reason Sofie Christine Møller
Part II: Reason and Legal Order
4. Justice, Citizenship and the Kingdom of Ends Sarah Holtman
5. Juridical Law as a Categorical Imperative Marie Newhouse
6. Provisional and Private Legality in Kant Christoph Hanish
7. Why Human Dignity Cannot Be the Basis of Human Rights, At Least on Kantian Grounds Matthé Scholten
8. Kant’s Idea of Law and Human Rights Ruhi Demiray

Part III: Kant and Contemporary Political Issues
9. Forcible Dispossession of Territory and State Legitimacy: A Kantian Account Sylvie Loriaux
10. Private Property and Territorial Rights: A Kantian Alternative to Contemporary Debates Alice Pinheiro Walla
11. Kant's Cosmopolitan Right and Human Dignity in European Asylum Law Domenica Dreyer-Plum


About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Alice Pinheiro Walla

Alice Pinheiro Walla is W1 Professor of Political Philosophy (Global Justice) at the Philosophy & Economics Program, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

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Author(s): Mehmet Ruhi Demiray

Mehmet Ruhi Demiray is Einstein Visiting Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin.

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