Kant, Global Politics and Cosmopolitan Law: The World Republic as a Regulative Idea of Reason

1st Edition

Claudio Corradetti

May 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9780367030506 - CAT# K404998
Series: Routledge Research in Constitutional Law

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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.

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