The duty to enter a civil condition: Immanuel Kant's argument in the Metaphysics of Morals

Mahdi, Ali Karbalaei (2018) The duty to enter a civil condition: Immanuel Kant's argument in the Metaphysics of Morals. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The problem of political obligation is the question of what justifies our obedience to the laws imposed upon us by a political authority, or alternatively, what makes a civil condition necessary. In this thesis, I provide an answer to this question through a study of Immanuel Kant’s theory of right in his Metaphysics of Morals. My main claim is that, from a Kantian perspective, a civil condition is necessary we take ourselves to be rational beings. The crucial concept by which Kant establishes the necessity of a civil condition is the concept of freedom as independence from being constrained by another’s choice. First, I argue that the concept of freedom is a demand of the very principle of our rational, free agency. I then show that a civil condition is necessary for our innate right to freedom.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 13047
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 83-85).
Keywords: Civil Condition, Immanuel Kant, Political Obligation, Freedom, Possession
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Philosophy
Date: May 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804; Political obligation; Liberty

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