Freedom and Force
This collection of essays takes as its starting point Arthur Ripstein's seminal work, Force and Freedom: Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy, where he reveals the systematic unity of Kant's thinking about law, and at the same time sheds an instructive light on many contemporary issues in 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 elaborating on the significance of Ripstein's presentation of Kant for contemporary legal and political philosophy. They offer themselves as 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. The resulting volume will be of interest to a wide audience, including legal scholars, Kantian scholars, and philosophers with an interest in Kant or in legal and political philosophy.
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