Kant's conception of natural right

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Abstract

Resorting to natural law is one way of conveying the philosophical conviction that moral norms are not merely conventional rules. Accordingly, the notion of natural law has a clear metaphysical dimension, since it involves the recognition that human beings do not conceive themselves as sheer products of society and history. And yet, if natural law is to be considered the fundamental law of practical reason, it must show also some intrinsic relationship to history and positive law.

The essays in this book examine this tension between the metaphysical and the practical and how the philosophical elaboration of natural law presents this notion as a "limiting-concept", between metaphysics and ethics, between the mutable and the immutable
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Perspectives on Natural Law
Subtitle of host publicationNatural Law as a Limiting Concept
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Pages121-140
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780754692997
ISBN (Print)9780754660545
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

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