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Freedom and Force

Essays on Kant’s Legal Philosophy

Editor(s): Sari Kisilevsky, Martin J Stone
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Published: 19-09-2019
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 240
ISBN: 9781509932160
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Law and Practical Reason
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £35.00

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About Freedom and Force

This collection of essays takes as its starting point Arthur Ripstein's Force and Freedom: Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy, a seminal work on Kant's thinking about law, which also treats many of the contemporary issues of legal and political philosophy. The essays offer readings and elucidations of 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.

All of the essays are contributions to normative philosophy in a broadly Kantian spirit. Prominent themes include rights in the body, the relation between morality and law, the nature of coercion and its role in legal obligation, the role of indeterminacy in law, the nature and justification of political society and the theory of the state. 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.

Table Of Contents

1. Ripstein and His Critics
Martin J Stone
2. Persons and Bodies
Japa Pallikkathayil
3. A Regime of Equal Private Freedom? Individual Rights and Public Law in Ripstein's Force and Freedom
Katrin Flikschuh
4. Rights and Interests in Ripstein's Kant
Andrea Sangiovanni
5. Independent People
AJ Julius
6. Why Is Willing Irrelevant to the Grounding of (Any) Obligation? Remarks on Arthur Ripstein's Conception of Omnilateral Willing
George Pavlakos
7. Ripstein on Kant on Revolution
Daniel Weinstock
8. Right and Ethics: Arthur Ripstein's Force and Freedom
Allen Wood
9. Kant's Apparent Positivism
Martin J Stone
10. Embodied Free Beings under Public Law: A Reply
Arthur Ripstein


“The book is a model of the genre: not only are all the essays exceptionally well developed, they unfold in a coherent sequence, aided by Stone's virtuoso introduction... a superb book that goes to the heart of Ripstein's legal theory-a theory that is itself justly at the heart of legal philosophy today.” –  Nick Sage, London School of Economics and Political Science, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence

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