"All politics must bend its knee before right"

Kant on the relation of morals to politics

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Abstract

The article reflects on the uncompromising stance of Immanuel Kant on the relation of morals to politics. It notes that the stance of Kant has often been branded unrealistic and impractical. It states the view of Alasdair MacIntyre that if the Kantian morality will be applied into political practice, there will be a dereliction of political duty. The general ways in which the relation between morals and politics can be conceived are discussed, which include idealist tradition and negotiator tradition. It also notes the argument of Kant that properly conceived politics should not caused conflict with morals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-181
Number of pages25
JournalSocial theory and practice
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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