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Welfare in the Kantian State - Alexander Kaufman

Welfare in the Kantian State

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9780198294672
Number Of Pages: 192

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Kant's theory of justice continues to exert a powerful influence on contemporary discussions of justice and equality. Modern theorists disagree, however, regarding the implications of Kant's theory for the state's responsibility for public welfare. A traditional interpretation holds that Kant's political theory simply constitutes an account of the constraints which reason places on the state's authority to regulate external action. Alexander Kaufman argues that this traditional interpretation succeeds neither as a faithful reading of Kant's texts nor as a plausible, philosophically sound reconstruction of a `Kantian' political theory. Rather he argues that Kant's political theory articulates a positive conception of the state's role. In particular, Kantian justice requires that each member of society must be guaranteed the opportunity to realize his or her purposive capacities. In order to secure this guarantee, Kantian justice requires interventions to ensure equality of capabilities.

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With this concise and tightly constructed account of Kant's views on social welfare, Alexander Kaufman has filled a gap in the growing literature on Kant's political philosophy ... Kaufman's book is both illuminating and suggestive. * The Philosophical Review *

Abbreviations and Note on Translations Acknowledgements Preface 1: Kant and Welfare 2: Happiness and Welfare 3: Teleology, Rational Faith, and Context Dependence 4: Systematicity and Political Salience 5: Political Judgement 6: A Kantian Model for Social Welfare Theory Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198294672
ISBN-10: 0198294670
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.33