By Alexander Kaufman
A standard interpretation holds that Kant's political conception easily constitutes an account of the restrictions which cause areas at the state's authority to manage exterior motion. Alexander Kaufman argues that this conventional interpretation succeeds neither as a loyal studying of Kant's texts nor as a believable, philosophically sound reconstruction of a `Kantian' political idea. relatively, he argues that Kant's political conception articulates a good belief of the state's position.
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Clearly, Kant does require that right regulates merely external acts and not the choice of ends. Yet there is a meaningful distinction between legislation designed to realize ends and legislation 15 Right must be ‘indifferent to ends’ (Gregor 1991: 39; see Kersting 1992b: 345; Williams 1983: 62–3). 16 Legislation designed to realize particular ends (such as improvements in health care, education, or standards of living) may, in practical terms, merely regulate external acts. For example, legislation may require employers to pay a minimum wage or provide health insurance for their employees without requiring that the employers adopt any particular end.
First, he asserts that the sovereign possesses this right ‘insofar as he has taken over the duty of the people’. Second, Kant claims that such taxes are necessary ‘for [the people's] own preservation’. Third, he states that intervention to aid the poor may be necessary because ‘the general will of the people has united itself into a society in order to maintain itself perpetually’. Finally, he states that ‘for this end [maintaining itself 22 Similarly, in the Critique of Judgment, Kant argues that, while ‘man is never more than a link .
It only remains for men to create a good organization for the state . . and to arrange it in such a way that their self-seeking energies are opposed to one another, each thereby neutralising or eliminating the destructive effects of the rest’ (TPP 112). 19 ‘[M]orality, with regard to its principles of public right . . has the peculiar feature that the less it makes its conduct depend upon the end it envisages . . the more it will in general harmonize with this end’ (TPP 123). 20 In this passage, Kant asserts that the realization of perpetual peace is the moral task of the ‘moral politician’.