Why is there so much attention on Kant’s global politics in present day law and philosophy? This book argues that to understand the complexities of our current legal-institutional arrangements, we first need an insight into Kant’s global politics, and highlights the potential fruitfulness of Kant’s cosmopolitan thought for contemporary political thinking. It adopts a double methodological strategy by reconstructing a genealogical conceptual journey showing the development of international law, as well as introducing an interpretation of cosmopolitanism centered on Kant’s theory of a metaphysics of freedom. The result is a novel focus on Kant’s notion of the world republic. Rather than considering such political entity as something empirically realizable, this book argues that the world republic stands as a way of thinking about international politics and that the possibility of progression towards peace would result from a regulative use of the idea of a world republic.
Part 1 - Kant and the Legacy of Modernity;
1. From Universal Monarchy to Global Authority;
2. The Tradition of Internationalist Pacifism before Kant: Utopia or Cosmopolis?;
Part 2 ̶ Kant’s Critique of Just War Theory and Colonialism;
3. The ‘Sorry Comforters’;
4. Kant’s Rejection of Just War Theory;
5. Kant on Race and Colonialism;
Part 3 – Theory and Practice. The World (State) Republic as a Regulative Idea of Reason;
6. Freedom, Nature and Right;
7. The Illusions of Reason: Freedom as a Regulative Idea of Reason;
Part 4 – Juridical Constructivism and the Cosmopolitan Constitution;
8. Thinking Political, Thinking Cosmopolitan;
9 Constructivism in Cosmopolitan Law: Kant’s Right to Visit;
10 Thinking with Kant ‘beyond’ Kant. Actualizing Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Transnational Sphere;
This series features thought-provoking and original scholarship on constitutional law and theory. Books explore key topics, themes and questions in the field with a particular emphasis on comparative studies. Where relevant, titles will engage with political and social theory, philosophy and history in order to offer a rounded analysis of constitutions and constitutional law.