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Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes

Williams, Garrath (2012) Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes. European Journal of Philosophy, 20 (3). pp. 479-486. ISSN 1468-0378

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Arthur Ripstein's Force and Freedom insists that, ‘Freedom, understood as independence of another person’s choice, is [all] that matters’. In this paper I suggest that this premise leads Ripstein to an instrumentalisation of democracy which neglects a properly public and collective notion of freedom. The paper first criticises Ripstein’s key argument against any extension of public purposes beyond the upholding of persons’ ‘independence of others’ choice’. More constructively, the paper then suggests that a space of public freedom is opened up when people deliberate in order to form and pursue democratic purposes. Citizens may act together to promote ends that they think are worthwhile, without dominating one another or restricting individual freedom.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kant ; Political theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 58576
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2012 16:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 12:03
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