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Welfare in the Kantian State$
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Alexander Kaufman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294670.001.0001

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Teleology, Rational Faith, and Context Dependence

Teleology, Rational Faith, and Context Dependence

(p.62) 3 Teleology, Rational Faith, and Context Dependence
Welfare in the Kantian State

Alexander Kaufman (Contributor Webpage)

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If a society is to realize a rightful civil condition, the metaphysical principles of right specified in the Rechtslehre must be embodied in positive legislation. Kant's account of teleological judgement provides a potential methodology for specifying the substantive implications of these principles. Teleological judgement develops the notion of a highest political good as an ideal exemplifying the social implications of Kant's political theory. The highest political good represents an ideal criterion against which existing institutions may be evaluated. In order to provide a compelling practical account of teleological judgement, however, Kant must provide an account of moral salience that defines objects and relations in experience so that they may be properly specified as inputs to a teleological judgement.

Keywords:   highest good, kingdom of ends, metaphysical principles, moral salience, perpetual peace, positive legislation, rational faith, right, teleological judgement

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