Force and Freedom: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy [Arthur Ripstein] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this masterful work, both an. Arthur Ripstein, Force and Freedom: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy, Harvard UP, , pp., $ (hbk), ISBN Arthur Ripstein’s Force and Freedom is a major accomplishment; there is something to be learned from virtually every page. Ripstein’s goal is to reconstruct and.

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But Ripstein points ripsteij that while “Kant’s understanding of the freedm range of public powers is austere in one sense, [it is] permissive in another”. Since then I have read many good books on Kant’s legal and political philosophy, many by people I know and respect one of feeedom even based on a doctoral dissertation I supervised. But I’m sorry that Gadamer, though he lived to the age ofstill did not live long enough to read it.

How can the doctrine of right Rechtif it proceeds independently of the doctrine of virtue or ethics Tugend, Ethikalso constitute a part — indeed, the first part — wnd Kant’s comprehensive theory of morals Sitten? Gadamer told me I should write such a book — a recommendation I found flattering, but I also immediately and silently dismissed, partly because my principal interest in Kant was precisely in his ethics, but chiefly because I thought it could be done properly only by someone who had much more knowledge of law than I had, or ever intended to acquire.


He was already over 70, and I was still in my twenties, having just published my first book on Kant. Wood – – Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews This requires a “postulate” not independently demonstrable that a free person may take control of an external object in rightful pursuit of an end.

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All of the essays are contributions to normative philosophy in a broadly Kantian spirit. These rights further need to be secured, enforced and determined by the creation of a common power capable of establishing a “condition of right” — the sphere of “public right”.

But if the principle of right involves an “extension” of the categorical imperative, and is not a “derivation” from it, how can it also “follow” from it? Basic to this concept of freedom is being “your own master” sui jurisin contrast to being like a slave or serf subordinated to the will of another.

Kate Moran – – Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47 4: Ripstein defends such a treatment of the case of Nazi Germany in some empirical detail, making a very persuasive case for this Kantian approach to it.

Kantian external freedom is not a matter of advantage, welfare or other “material” considerations, and the innate equality it involves is not a matter of an equal distribution of any benefit. It emphasizes the interpersonal character of Kant’s neo- republican forxe of freedom, and also the equality built into it as purely formal, in contrast to approaches that treat “equal” freedom as equal distribution of some benefit p.

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Kant may not approve the revolutionary overthrow of a freeodm order, but he may regard as permissible or even obligatory the creation of a condition of right out of one he would call ‘barbarism’ — organized coercion without law. The state may act only in ways consistent with each citizen’s innate right to freedom, but its duty to create and maintain a rightful condition involves powers that are “capacious and open-ended” and “does not preclude most of the familiar activities of modern states” p.

Perpetual peace ripsetin unattainable because the only rightful forum for establishing it is voluntary and can be dissolved … A permanent congress of states has no resources to perpetuate itself, and any member is entitled to withdraw from it p.

Chapter 2 expounds Kant’s conception of the innate right of humanity. Request removal from index. I confess I can’t make sense of Ripstein’s line of reasoning here.

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Harvard University Press Science Logic and Mathematics. This volume will be of interest to a wide audience, including legal scholars, Kant scholars, and philosophers with an interest in Kant or in legal and political philosophy. The innate right feredom freedom needs to be extended, as Kant argues, to means outside your forfe through the right of property over things, and rights relating to other persons — of contract and of status — which comprehend the sphere of “private right”.

Torben Spaak – – Ratio Juris 24 2: What Ripstein says there, freecom, seems to me unclear, perhaps even inconsistent. This book, therefore, can’t be said to settle the deepest problem about Kant’s theory of right.

He contrasts this with a libertarian model, according to which a state is the creation of private persons empowered, essentially as only another private person, to do what they have set it up to do.

In ChaptersRipsein contrasts Kant’s approach to property rights not only with approaches that treat such rights as functions of some distributive agenda concerning the benefits of the use of things, but also with a Lockean approach. In this masterful work, both an illumination of Kant’s thought and an important contribution to contemporary legal and political theory, Arthur Ripstein gives a comprehensive yet freedoom account of Kant’s political philosophy.

Chapter 6 turns to the need for a “rightful condition” or political state, and the role of legislation, executive power and the judiciary in constituting a state. As Skinner has argued in his recent book, Hobbes and Republican Libertyit was opposed by Hobbes.

The fact that Kant’s forcs of right proceeds solely from the concept of right and the innate right to freedom, and not from any moral principle, does not entirely settle the vexed question of the relation between Kant’s “supreme principle of right” MS 6: That Hobbes seems largely to have won out in the way philosophers think about freedom, is attested by the fact that on issue after issue, Ripstein must begin by arguing that from the Kantian standpoint, all the now familiar approaches ask the wrong questions, so that much of this book is a Kantian reformulation of the terms in which familiar issues fprce law and politics should be discussed.


Chapter 10 takes up the state’s right to punish crime, and Ripstein’s position broadly freecom that of Sharon Byrd, who emphasizes the state’s right coercively to prevent wrong, and sees Kant’s well-known retributivism as conditioned by this aim.

Foundations of Natural Right: Chapters 7 and 8 emphasize the public and universal function of the law, and the fact that a condition of right requires certain forms of mandatory co-operation that could not, from a Kantian standpoint, be justified on any grounds of welfare or private benefit.

Arthur Ripstein’s Force and Freedom: But this book finally appears to be it. Three Defects in the State of Nature. Gadamer said that the biggest single lacuna in Kant studies was the absence of a really good book on Kant’s Rechtslehre. Find it on Scholar. Ripstein also argues that consent cannot be understood as a merely unilateral act, but always has the structure of an offer and an acceptance, requiring both parties to join their wills pp.

Mills – – Res Philosophica 95 1: Persons and Bodies Japa Pallikkathayil 3.

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Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. Thus the principle of right “provides a license to consider things in space and time under laws of freedom” p. Google Books no proxy From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

As Ripstein points out, this concept of freedom was not new with Kant. Ripstein offers an interpretation similar to Jan Joerden and Alyssa Bernstein: The essays offer fgeedom and elucidations fodce Ripstein’s thought, dispute some of his claims and extend some of his themes within broader philosophical contexts, thus developing the significance of Ripstein’s ideas for contemporary legal and political philosophy.

In that respect, I am more than satisfied with this book. A Permissive Theory of Territorial Rights. Coercion and the Grounds of Legal Obligation: