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Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights$
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Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao, and Massimo Renzo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688623.001.0001

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Human Rights in Kantian Mode

Human Rights in Kantian Mode

A Sketch

(p.653) 37 Human Rights in Kantian Mode
Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Katrin Flikschuh

Oxford University Press

This chapter sketches a transcendent human rights conception, the distinguishing feature of which is its acknowledgement of human cognitive and moral fallibility. It begins by setting out Kant’s division of the domain of ordinary morality in general, treating his systematic approach as emblematic of his general philosophical non-foundationalism. It then sketches a non-foundationalist interpretation of innate Right before turning to the idea of human rights as a critically transcendent idea of pure practical (moral) reasoning. It concludes with some remarks on what is distinctive about the proposed transcendent human rights conception.

Keywords:   human rights, Kant, transcendence, fallibility, moral understanding, political authority

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