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Reason in Practice. Kantian perspectives on ethics, law and politics

Dates:
  • Fri 19 May 2017 14.00 - 19.00
  • Sat 20 May 2017 09.30 - 17.30
  Add to Calendar 2017-05-19 14:00 2017-05-20 17:30 Europe/Paris Reason in Practice. Kantian perspectives on ethics, law and politics

This conference encourages debate between historical and contemporary accounts of Kantian themes in ethics law and politics. Immanuel Kant envisaged a cosmopolitan federation of independent republics as the only way to secure peace. The means to achieving this end are the rule of law, both domestically in the form of republicanism and internationally in the form of cosmopolitanism. The Kantian perspective unites statist and cosmopolitan approaches by insisting on both the sovereignty of states as the only guarantee of popular rule domestically and on cosmopolitanism as the only guarantee of peace internationally. Kant’s treatment of law and politics points towards a highest political good which law and politics ought to pursue. Can we conceive of such a teleological structure of law and politics today? Can the highest political good be reached or is it an unrealizable aim? How are we to understand Kant’s republicanism as a precondition for the federation of states? In which way can reason guide politics in a world where the majority of our leaders seem to be political moralists rather than moral politicians?

Cappella, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Cappella, Villa Schifanoia

This conference encourages debate between historical and contemporary accounts of Kantian themes in ethics law and politics. Immanuel Kant envisaged a cosmopolitan federation of independent republics as the only way to secure peace. The means to achieving this end are the rule of law, both domestically in the form of republicanism and internationally in the form of cosmopolitanism. The Kantian perspective unites statist and cosmopolitan approaches by insisting on both the sovereignty of states as the only guarantee of popular rule domestically and on cosmopolitanism as the only guarantee of peace internationally. Kant’s treatment of law and politics points towards a highest political good which law and politics ought to pursue. Can we conceive of such a teleological structure of law and politics today? Can the highest political good be reached or is it an unrealizable aim? How are we to understand Kant’s republicanism as a precondition for the federation of states? In which way can reason guide politics in a world where the majority of our leaders seem to be political moralists rather than moral politicians?


Location:
Cappella, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Department of Law
Academy of European Law

Type:
Conference

Contact:
Sofie Christine Møller (EUI - Law) - Send a mail
Agnieszka Monika Lempart (EUI - Department of Law) - Send a mail
Luigi Filieri (University of Pisa) - Send a mail

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