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Kant's Political Philosophy: Rechtsstaat or Council Democracy?

A. Anthony Smith
The Review of Politics
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 1985), pp. 253-280
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1406673
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Abstract

Kant's political philosophy involves more than a deduction of a normative model of institutions from a set of normative premises. Certain empirical premises must be added to Kant's argument. In this paper the author argues that many of Kant's own empirical assumptions are doubtful if not false. A sketch is then made of a model of institutions that can be derived from Kantian normative principles together with more plausible empirical assumptions.

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