Williams, Garrath (2012) Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes. European Journal of Philosophy, 20 (3). pp. 479-486.Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|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)|
|Deposited On:||24 Sep 2012 16:37|
|Last Modified:||07 Jan 2015 17:19|
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