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When the strictest right is the greatest wrong: Kant on Fairness

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Pinheiro Walla, Alice:
When the strictest right is the greatest wrong: Kant on Fairness.
In: Estudos Kantianos. Bd. 3 (2015) Heft 1 .
ISSN 2318-0501

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Abstract

In this paper, I put forward an interpretation of the Kantian state that offers an alternative to the traditional minimalist and to recent welfare interpretations of the Kantian state. I show that although the Kantian state has no duty to redistribute, Kant’s conception of equity or fairness (Billigkeit, MS RL VI: 234) allows the state to recognize redistribution as belonging to the ideal republic (republica noumenon), towards which all states have a non-coercible obligation to strive. I back up my interpretation with passages of the Metaphysics of Morals and of Kant’s lectures in which Kant questions the character of the duty of beneficence as a meritorious duty, given the fact that need is often the result of previous injustice of governments. The problem is that although the destitute have a right to collective aid, unlike strict right, these rights cannot be juridically enforced. This has led to the wrong conclusion that the state or the supreme commander has a duty of virtue towards its subjects and that the poor have no right to aid.

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Institutionen der Universität: Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Philosophie > Juniorprofessur Politische Philosophie > Juniorprofessur Politische Philosophie - Juniorprof. Dr. Alice Pinheiro Walla
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Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Philosophie
Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Philosophie > Juniorprofessur Politische Philosophie
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Nein
Themengebiete aus DDC: 100 Philosophie und Psychologie > 100 Philosophie
Eingestellt am: 13 Dec 2017 09:55
Letzte Änderung: 13 Dec 2017 09:55
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/40929