Kantian Individualism and Political Libertarianism
By James R. Otteson
This article appeared in the Winter 2008/09 issue of The Independent Review.
Immanuel Kant (17241804) endorsed a view of the individual human agent that implies a minimal, libertarian state, yet he endorsed a state that seems in some cases to conflict with that agency. How might Kants other ideas resolve the tension between his libertarianism and his endorsements of state power?
James R. Otteson is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics, University of Notre Dame.
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