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Welfare in the Kantian State

Alexander Kaufman

Abstract

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 involves an investigation of the constraints that reason places on the state's authority to regulate external action. This ‘standard interpretation’ of Kant's thought has remained influential, and has grounded a reinterpretation of the classic liberal state by theorists such as H ... More

Keywords: equality, intervention, justice, Immanuel Kant, liberalism, opportunity, political theory, regulation, state, welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294672
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294670.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Kaufman, author
University of Chicago
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