This book examines the significance of Kant’s political philosophy in the context of contemporary philosophical and political debates. In the last few decades, Kantian specialists have increasingly manifested a purely exegetic and philological interest in Kant’s oeuvre, while contemporary philosophers and scientists tend to use Kant with scant hermeneutical care, thus misrepresenting or misunderstanding his positions. This volume countervails these tendencies by focusing more on specific themes of contemporary relevance in Kant’s writings. It looks to Kant’s political thought for insight on tackling issues such as freedom of speech, democracy and populism, intergenerational justice, economic inequality, money, poverty, international justice and gender/feminism.
Featuring readings by well-known Kant specialists and emerging scholars with unorthodox approaches to Kant’s philosophy, the volume fills a significant gap in the existing scholarship on the philosopher and his works. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of philosophy, politics and ethics.
Luigi Caranti and Alessandro Pinzani
1. The practice of sovereignty: Kant on the duties of national and international citizenship
2. Kant via Rousseau against democracy
3. A Kantian idea of intergenerational justice
Joel T. Klein
4. Taking economic inequality seriously: Kantian views
Nunzio Alì and Alessandro Pinzani
5. ‘Money, money, money …’: some reflections on Kant and money
6. Kant on social suffering: vulnerability as moral and legal value
Nuria Sánchez Madrid
7. Transnationalism and popular sovereignty
8. Autonomy and practical reason in Kant and the feminist criticisms by Benhabib and Allen