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Department of Philosophy

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24th January 2013: Douglas Moggagh (Ottawa) - Perfectionist Ethics and the Kantian Juridical Subject

(10 July 2012)

Weekly Research Seminar

This seminar will be held in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be served from 11am with the talk commencing at 11.30am.

Title: Perfectionist Ethics and the Kantian Juridical Subject


The paper is part of a study of the origins and development of Kant's political thought, focusing on German Enlightenment sources upon which Kant and early Kantians (such as Hufeland and Humboldt) explicitly draw. It examines transformations and critiques of ethical perfectionism as a background against which the figure of the juridical subject emerges, reconstructing the debates on rights and coercion of the 1780's and 1790's, and offering an interpretation of Kant's 1797 Doctrine of Right as a critical response to this context.


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