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Individualism and the Political Philosophy of Immanuel Kant

John Ridpath

Presented at: TJS 1991

Date: Aug 04, 1991

In spite ofthe fact that Immanuel Kant's basic philosophy is totally incompatible with individualism, Kant is repeatedly claimed to be an individualist, even an admirer of the American Revolution. These lectures will examine Kant's political philosophy in order to discover whether he is in fact an advocate of individualism, and if so, on what grounds. The basic issue these lectures will address is the hierarchical structure of philosophical knowledge: the significance of inconsistency, and the need, in addressing derivative philosophical ideas, of placing them in their deeper context. They will demonstrate why Kant's views on epistemology and ethics render meaningless any appearance ofindividualism in his views on politics.


Parts: 2

Handout: none


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