Law and Morality in Kant

Ort: Göttingen
Beginn: 14.07.2022 09:00
Ende: 16.07.2022 17:00

In current scholarship, Kant is often cited as holding the view that law is independent of morality, and some scholars consider this asserted independence of his legal philosophy from his moral philosophy and its metaphysical premises as the key for building on Kant in developing present-day accounts of law. But is such a separation of Kant’s philosophy of law from central tenets developed in the Groundwork and the Critique of Practical Reason feasible, both exegetically and philosophically? Is Kant's legal philosophy as it is presented in the first part of the Metaphysics of Morals, the Doctrine of Right, an integral part his overall moral philosophy or not?


The conference "Law and Morality in Kant" will address those questions about the normative foundations of Kant’s legal philosophy and its relation to Kant’s overall moral philosophy, confronting the most important positions regarding this topic, in order to explore and critically reflect on the strength and potential of the various interpretative accounts. The talks will not only address interpretative issues but also the systematic potential of Kant’s thinking for contemporary legal and political philosophy. In particular, the conference wants to bring together renowned experts who have already developed paradigmatic interpretations as well as young researchers who challenge these views and propose alternative accounts. Therefore we invite all scholars and students working in the field to participate in the conference.

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