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Normative foundations of Kant’s cosmopolitan right: the overlooked legacy of Kant’s metaphysics of nature

Massimi, Michela (2023) Normative foundations of Kant’s cosmopolitan right: the overlooked legacy of Kant’s metaphysics of nature. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Kant’s philosophy of natural science has traditionally concentrated on a host of issues about the role of laws of nature and teleological judgments, among several others. However, so far, the literature has made virtually no contact with the no less important tradition in Kant’s legal and political philosophy. This paper explores one aspect of such connection in relation to the normative foundations of Kant’s notion of cosmopolitan right. I argue that Kant’s argument for cosmopolitan right is based on two main premises: the first is what I call the law of equilibrium, and the second is the premise of physical interaction (commercium in Latin) at work behind what Kant called the original “community of land”. The paper argues that the relevant notion of community qua commercium should be understood in the context of Kant’s metaphysics of nature as a “real community of substances” governed by a dynamical law of equality of action and reaction. This metaphysical-causal interpretive reading has far-reaching implications for the foundations of cosmopolitan right and its scope of applicability well beyond Kant’s envisaged right to universal hospitality.


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Massimi, Michelamichela.massimi@ed.ac.uk0000-0001-6626-9174
Keywords: Kant, cosmopolitan right, Third Analogy of Experience, equality of action and reaction
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Michela Massimi
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2023 14:18
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2023 14:18
Item ID: 21784
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: 21 February 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21784

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