Title

Why Kant

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1987

Abstract

These essays are the outgrowth of a conference on Kantian Legal Theory held at the the Arden Homestead in Harriman, New York, September 26-28, 1986.1 Some of them are versions of papers originally presented at the conference (Weinrib, Murphy, Finnis, Fletcher); others are a response to the three days of provocative discussion (Richards, Grey, Benson).2 The underlying premise of the conference was that although philosophers and academic lawyers have devoted considerable attention to Kant's moral theory, very few have written much about Kant's legal theory. I should add: written in English.3 The recent German literature overflows with books and articles about the long neglected Rechtslehre.4 The purpose of the conference, at least in part, was to correct this imbalance and to direct the attention of North Americans to Kant's importance as a legal thinker as well as a philosopher of theoretical and practical reason.

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