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Kant’s Politics in Context

Reidar Maliks


This book analyses Kant’s political philosophy in the light of public controversies between conservative and radical observers of the French Revolution. The author argues that Kant’s theory of equal freedom explains his condemnation of both paternalistic government and radical democracy, and his defense of republican constitutionalism. That Kant idealized the public sphere is well known, but that he intentionally developed his own philosophy in public discourse has not been fully appreciated. Paying attention to these debates in German philosophy during the 1790s, and participants such as Fich ... More

Keywords: Kant, state, freedom, law, revolution, rights, people, politics, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reidar Maliks, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo

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