Chapter 26. Kantian Legal Philosophy

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Arthur Ripstein Professor

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch26

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Ripstein, A. (2010) Kantian Legal Philosophy, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch26

Editor Information

  1. 2

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 4

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. University of Toronto, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • Kantian legal philosophy - difficult to situate in terms of contemporary jurisprudence;
  • European languages - two words for law - lex and ius, gesetz and Recht, loi and droit;
  • Kantian approach - normative account of contemporary positivist account of legal validity;
  • Kant, distinctive reworking of themes from natural law tradition;
  • idea of legality - Kant's calling it “external freedom”;
  • Kantian legal philosophy - generating distinctive conception of interaction between private persons;
  • focus on freedom as independence - striking perspective on law's coercive character;
  • system of equal freedom - by basic rules of private law;
  • critics of legal “formalism” - beginning with Oliver Wendell Holmes and legal realist movement

Summary

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