Philosophy. Modern Classics


Course Objective

To develop knowledge of and insight into fundamental aspects of the
philosophy of right, as presented by Immanuel Kant in his "Doctrine of
Right" ("Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Rechtslehre"), that is the
first part of his Metaphysics of Morals (Die Metaphysik der Sitten
(1797)). Academic skills in philosophical reading, analysing,
evaluating, discussing, and presenting philosophical texts on the issue
of right.

Course Content

Kant's Metaphysics of Morals, in particular its first part, the
"Doctrine of Right" offers the most comprehensive and systematical
presentation of Kant's legal philosophy. This philosophy develops a
reason and freedom based conception of right and the state. Its
influence on the development of legal thought and praxis can hardly be
overestimated. We shall study thorougly the basic ideas of Kant's
conception as layed down especially in the Introductions of The
Metaphysics of Morals.

Teaching Methods

Interactive reflection with students on the material at issue

Method of Assessment

-- assignments for each meeting during the course
-- an oral presentation of one the texts
-- final paper
Grade: Short papers: 10 %, oral presentation: 20 %, final paper: 70 %

Entry Requirements

The courses Philosophy 1, 2, 3, 4.


Primary literature

Immanuel Kant: Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Rechtslehre. Metaphysik
der Sitten. Erster Teil, hrsg. von Bernd Ludwig, Meiner Verlag: Hamburg
2009. [MS]

Immanuel Kant: Kritik der reinen Vernunft. [the section 'Einleitung' (B
1-30)], e.g. hrsg. J. Timmermann (Meiner: Hamburg 1998), or hrsg. W.
Weischedel (Suhrkamp: Frankfurt). [KrV]

The German text is our reference text. If you need translations, pls.
note in general:

Kant’s original German and Latin writings are collected in Kants
gesammelte Schriften, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1900-. Most
translations provide the pagination to this edition in the margins,
often using volume and page number. English translations of Kant’s
primary works are numerous. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of
Immanuel Kant in English includes critical translations of all of Kant’s
published works and large selections of his correspondence, lectures,
and literary remains. Cf. Metaphysics of Morals and Critique of Pure

Secondary literature

Katrin Flikschuh: Kant and Modern Political Philosophy, New York:
Cambridge University Press 2000

Georg Geismann: Kant und kein Ende, Bd. 2: Studien zur
Rechtsphilosophie. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2009

Otfried Höffe (Hrsg.): Immanuel Kant, Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der
Rechtslehre. Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1999

Otfried Höffe. Trans. Mark Migotti. Categorical Principles of Law, State
College: Pennsylvania State University Press 2002 (= Otfried Höffe:
Kategorische Rechtsprinzipien, Frankfurt am Main 1995).

Joachim Hruschka: Kant und der Rechtsstaat und andere Essays zu Kants
Rechtslehre und Ethik. München: Alber, 2015

Wolfgang Kersting: Wohlgeordnete Freiheit. Immanuel Kants Rechts- und
Staatsphilosophie. Mentis, Paderborn 2007

Wolfgang Kersting: Kant über Recht, Paderborn 2004

Diethelm Klesczewski, Frank Neuhaus, Steffi Müller (Hrsg.): Kants Lehre
vom richtigen Recht. Aufklärung der Menschheitsfragen der gegenwärtigen
Jurisprudenz? Mentis, Paderborn 2006

Bernd Ludwig: Kants Rechtslehre. Meiner, Hamburg 2005

Hariolf Oberer: Sittengesetz und Rechtsgesetze a priori, in: Hariolf
Oberer (Hg.), Kant. Analysen, Probleme, Kritik, Bd. III, Würzburg 1997,
S. 157–200.

Byrd, B. Sharon and Joachim Hruschka: Kant’s ‘Doctrine of Right’: A
Commentary, New York: Cambridge University Press 2010.

Target Audience

Students Philosophy 2 year: Philosophy of Law and Governance

Recommended background knowledge

Students who did not study texts of Kant yet are advised to study the
whole 'Einleitung' of the Critique of Pure Reason (Kritik der reinen
Vernunft) in advance (B 1-30) as terminological issues (apriori,
aposterior, analytical, synthetical, transcendental, etc.) and the idea
of a transcendental type of philosophy are clarified here

General Information

Course Code W_MA_PMC
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. C.H. Krijnen
Examiner dr. C.H. Krijnen
Teaching Staff dr. C.H. Krijnen

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