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Constructing Authorities
Reason, Politics and Interpretation in Kant's Philosophy

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  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107538252

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  • This collection of essays brings together the central lines of thought in Onora O'Neill's work on Kant's philosophy, developed over many years. Challenging the claim that Kant's attempt to provide a critique of reason fails because it collapses into a dogmatic argument from authority, O'Neill shows why Kant held that we must construct, rather than assume, the authority of reason, and how this can be done by ensuring that anything we offer as reasons can be followed by others, including others with whom we disagree. She argues that this constructivist view of reasoning is the clue to Kant's claims about knowledge, ethics and politics, as well as to his distinctive accounts of autonomy, the social contract, cosmopolitan justice and scriptural interpretation. Her essays are a distinctive and illuminating commentary on Kant's fundamental philosophical strategy and its implications, and will be a vital resource for scholars of Kant, ethics and philosophy of law.

    • A vital resource for Kant scholars
    • Shows how and why Kant's accounts of reason and of politics are linked
    • Challenges accepted conceptions of autonomy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107538252
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Authority in Reasoning:
    1. Vindicating reason
    2. Kant: rationality as practical reason
    3. Kant's conception of public reason
    4. Constructivism in Rawls and Kant
    5. Changing constructions
    Part II. Authority, Autonomy and Public Reason:
    6. Autonomy: the emperor's new clothes
    7. Self-legislation, autonomy and the form of law
    8. Autonomy and public reason in Kant, Habermas and Rawls
    Part III. Authority in Politics:
    9. Orientation in thinking: geographical problems, political solutions
    10. Kant and the social contract tradition
    11. Historical trends and human futures
    12. Cosmopolitanism then and now
    Part IV. Authority in Interpretation:
    13. Kant on reason and religion I: reasoned hope
    14. Kant on reason and religion II: reason and interpretation

  • Author

    Onora O'Neill, University of Cambridge
    Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, is a former Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, sits as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords and is Emeritus Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on Kant's philosophy and her most recent publications include Acting on Principle, 2nd edition (Cambridge, 2013).

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