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Cosmopolitanism for Earth dwellers: Kant on the right to be somewhere

Huber, Jakob (2017) Cosmopolitanism for Earth dwellers: Kant on the right to be somewhere. Kantian Review, 22 (1). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1369-4154

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The paper provides a systematic account of Kant’s ‘right to be somewhere’ as introduced in the Doctrine of Right. My claim is that Kant’s concern with the concurrent existence of a plurality of corporeal agents on the earth’s surface (to which the right speaks) occupies a rarely appreciated conceptual space in his mature political philosophy. In grounding a particular kind of moral relation that is ‘external’ (as located in bounded space) but not property-mediated, it provides us with a fundamentally new perspective on Kant’s cosmopolitanism, which I construe as a cosmopolitanism for ‘earth dwellers’.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Kantian Review
Divisions: Government
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 08:56
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 00:21

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