Kant's non-absolutist conception of political legitimacy – how public right 'concludes' private right in the “doctrine of right”
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Kant-Studien 101 (3):331-351 (2010)
Contrary to the received view, I argue that Kant, in the “Doctrine of Right”, outlines a third, republican alternative to absolutist and voluntarist conceptions of political legitimacy. According to this republican alternative, a state must meet certain institutional requirements before political obligations arise. An important result of this interpretation is not only that there are institutional restraints on a legitimate state's use of coercion, but also that the rights of the state (‘public right’) are not in principle reducible to the rights of individuals (‘private right’). Thus, for Kant, political obligations are intimately linked to the existence of a certain kind of republican institutional framework
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Helga Varden (2012). A Kantian Critique of the Care Tradition: Family Law and Systemic Justice. Kantian Review 17 (2):327-356.
Kyla Ebels-Duggan (2012). Kant's Political Philosophy. Philosophy Compass 7 (12):896-909.
Susan V. H. Castro (2014). The Morality of Unequal Autonomy: Reviving Kant's Concept of Status for Stakeholders. Journal of Business Ethics 121 (4):593-606.
Similar books and articles
Helga Varden (2008). Kant's Non-Voluntarist Conception of Political Obligations: Why Justice is Impossible in the State of Nature. Kantian Review 13 (2):1-45.
Helga Varden (2006). A Kantian Conception of Rightful Sexual Relations. Social Philosophy Today 22:199-218.
M. Coakley (2011). On the Value of Political Legitimacy. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 10 (4):345-369.
Kevin Thompson (2001). Kant's Transcendental Deduction of Political Authority. Kant-Studien 92 (1):62-78.
Ryan W. Davis (2011). Justice: Metaphysical, After All? [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (2):207-222.
Jonathan Peterson (2008). Enlightenment and Freedom. Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):pp. 223-244.
Robert A. Phillips (2009). Private Security Companies and Institutional Legitimacy. Business Ethics Quarterly 19 (3):403-432.
Corey Brettschneider (2007). The Rights of the Guilty. Political Theory 35 (2):175-199.
Fabienne Peter, Political Legitimacy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
David Sussman (2008). Shame and Punishment in Kant's Doctrine of Right. Philosophical Quarterly 58 (231):299–317.
Fabienne Peter (2013). The Human Right to Political Participation. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 7 (2):1-16.
Kenneth R. Westphal (2002). ‘A Kantian Justification of Possession’. In M. Timmons (ed.), Kant’s Metaphysics of Ethics: Interpretive Essays. Oxford
Marcus Arvan (2009). In Defense of Discretionary Association Theories of Political Legitimacy: Reply to Buchanan. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.
Fabienne Peter (2007). Rawls' Idea of Public Reason and Democratic Legitimacy. Journal of International Political Theory 3 (1):129-143.
Added to index2011-02-25
Total downloads29 ( #94,044 of 1,699,830 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #362,609 of 1,699,830 )
How can I increase my downloads?