Obedience, justice & progress: a Kantian account of revolution Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Hoffman, Eva
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
  • In his political writings, Immanuel Kant explicitly denies the right to revolution. In this thesis, I argue that this denial is inconsistent with Kant's teleological view of history and the duty to work towards political progress. Given Kant's understanding of human nature as selfish and violent, we cannot always rely on a top-down model of progress and must not assume a passive role of civil obedience in all circumstances. Kant's duty to obey should be tempered by the right to resist in political societies where the constitution restricts or destroys mechanisms for future change. Contrary to the views of Christine M. Korsgaard, whose interpretation of the good revolutionary I refute, a modified Kantian account permits a principled justification for revolution.
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