Kant, Global Politics and Cosmopolitan Law: The World Republic as a Regulative Idea of Reason, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Kant, Global Politics and Cosmopolitan Law

The World Republic as a Regulative Idea of Reason, 1st Edition

By Claudio Corradetti


252 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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;


About the Author

Claudio Corradetti is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has been a lecturer at the University of Oslo, Norway and at Karl Franzens Universität, Graz, Austria. In previous years he has been a visiting scholar at McGill University, the University of Oxford, the European University Institute and the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin. In 2019 he was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship at the Philosophy Department - Barnard College, Columbia University, NY.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / International
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Legal History
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights