Kant and Political Philosophy

The Contemporary Legacy

Edited by Ronald Beiner and William James Booth

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February 21, 1996
392 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300066418
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In recent years there has been a major revival of interest in the political philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Thinkers have looked to Kant's theories about knowledge, history, the moral self and autonomy, and nature and aesthetics to seek the foundations of their own political philosophy. This volume, written by established authorities on Kant as well as by new scholars in the field, illuminates the ways in which contemporary thinkers differ regarding Kantian philosophy and Kant's legacy to political and ethical theory.

The book contains essays by Patrick Riley, Lewis White Beck, Mary Gregor, and Richard L. Velkley that place Kant in the tradition of political philosophy; chapters by Dieter Henrich, Susan Shell, Michael W. Doyle, and Joseph M. Knippenberg that examine Kantian perspectives on history and politics; contributions by William A. Galston, Bernard Yack, William James Booth, and Ronald Beiner that judge the Kantian legacy; and classic discussions by John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and Hans-Georg Gadamer that present different perspectives on contemporary debates about Kant.

Ronald Beiner is professor of political science at the University of Toronto. William James Booth is associate professor of political science at McGill University.

"An embarrassment of riches. The book provides a wide-ranging selection of essays that cuts across the broad array of Kant's practical philosophy."—Steven B. Smith, Yale University

"Kantian political philosophy is a rich mine, and one which is hardly played out after two centuries. This substantial collection of essays validates both of those claims. . . . Beiner and Booth, both political scientists, have gathered essays which nicely illuminate the historical and political facets of Kantian practical philosophy. Anyone interested in Kantian ethics would benefit from a look at most of the essays included."—Richard McCarty, Review of Metaphysics

"An excellent introduction to and overview of the Kantian legacy. . . . These essays may represent the best single collection of studies on Kant's contribution to liberal democratic discourse."—Timothy Hoye, Perspectives on Political Science