On Kant’s Duty to Speak the Truth

Kantian Review 21 (1):27-51 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In, Kant defends a position that cannot be salvaged. The essay is nonetheless important because it helps us understand his philosophy of law and, more specifically, his interpretation of the social contract. Kant considers truthfulness a strict legal duty because it is the necessary condition for the juridical state. As attested by Kants arguments against the death penalty, not even the right to life has such strict unconditional status. Within the juridical state, established by the social contract, the innate right to freedom is transformed into a bundle of merely positive rights, including the right to life. Understanding the reason for the rejection of thus helps us understand the, in a sense, character of Kant’s legal philosophy. In conclusion, some suggestions are made to bring his position closer to our common moral understanding

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,069

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

On Kant, Infanticide, and Finding Oneself in a State of Nature.Jennifer K. Uleman - 2000 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 54 (2):173 - 195.
Kant’s Political Philosophy.Kyla Ebels-Duggan - 2012 - Philosophy Compass 7 (12):896-909.
Hume and Kant on the social contract.Jeffrie G. Murphy - 1978 - Philosophical Studies 33 (1):65 - 79.
Kant on capital punishment and suicide.Attila Ataner - 2006 - Kant Studien 97 (4):452-482.
Recognized rights as devices of public reason.Gerald Gaus - 2009 - Philosophical Perspectives 23 (1):111-136.
A Dutiful Reading of Kant's Political Philosophy.Edwin Nicholas Teall - 1995 - Dissertation, Michigan State University
The murderer at the door: What Kant should have said.Michael Cholbi - 2009 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 79 (1):17-46.
Kants Rechtstheorie und die Beziehung zwischen Recht und Moral.Alexandre Travessoni - 2011 - Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 97 (3):291-304.
Kant's Theory of the Social Contract.Kevin Eugene Dodson - 1991 - Dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kant against Hobbes in theory and practice.Patrick Riley - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (2):194-206.

Analytics

Added to PP
2016-02-01

Downloads
70 (#216,005)

6 months
9 (#158,930)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Thomas Mertens
Radboud University Nijmegen

Citations of this work

A Juridical Right to Lie.Hamish Stewart - 2019 - Kantian Review 24 (3):465-481.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals.Immanuel Kant - 1785/2002 - In Practical Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 37-108.
The Law of Peoples.John Rawls - 2001 - Philosophical Quarterly 51 (203):246-253.
Kantian Dilemmas? Moral Conflict in Kant’s Ethical Theory.Jens Timmermann - 2013 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 95 (1):36-64.
Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy.John Rawls & Barbara Herman - 2002 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 64 (1):178-179.

View all 21 references / Add more references