Kant, Rights, and the State

September 24, 2016 - September 25, 2016
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Ryle Room
Faculty of Philosophy, Woodstock Road
Oxford OX2 6GG
United Kingdom

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford
  • Mind Association
  • British Society for the History of Philosophy
  • UK Kant Society

Selected speakers:

Ralf M. Bader
University of Oxford
Louis-Phillippe Hodgson
York University
Alice Pinheiro Walla
Universität Bayreuth
McMaster University
Andrea Sangiovanni
King's College London
Thomas Sinclair
University of Oxford
Jacob Weinrib
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Ariel Zylberman


Luke Davies
University of Oxford
Ela Naegele
University of Oxford

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Conference on Kant, Rights, and the State

Merton College, University of Oxford; September 24-25, 2016

Kant’s Doctrine of Right has been paid relatively little attention in philosophical literature. However, interest in Kant’s political thought has been growing in recent years, and numerous Kantian answers to problems in contemporary political philosophy have been offered. Nevertheless, literature is still in a nascent stage of development.

This conference will contribute to the renewed interest in Kant’s political philosophy by turning scholarly attention to the Doctrine of Right. The papers presented will focus in particular on the themes of ‘rights’ and ‘the state.’ Both themes lie at the heart of Kant’s political thought and have special relevance to contemporary debates in political philosophy. The presentations and discussions will consider a variety of Kantian solutions to those contemporary debates.

The conference will follow a read-ahead format. There will be short presentations followed by lengthy discussions. To register, please contact Luke Davies ([email protected]).


-       Ralf Bader (Oxford): ‘Kant and the Problem of Assurance’

-       Louis-Phillippe Hodgson (York, Toronto): TBA

-       Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth): ‘Kant on Territorial Rights’

-       Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s, London): ‘Dignity, Second-Personal Authority and the Idea of Moral Equality’

-       Thomas Sinclair (Oxford): ‘The Power of Public Positions: Official Roles in Kantian Legitimacy’

-       Jacob Weinrib (Queen’s, Kingston): ‘The Right and Duty of Sovereignty: Kant’s Theory of Public Right’

-       Ariel Zylberman (UCLA): ‘The Organic Unity of the State: Kant on Life, Rights and the State’


-       Luke Davies (Oxford)

-      Philipp-Alexander Hirsch (Göttingen)

-       Jakob Huber (LSE)

-       Stefano Lo Re (St Andrews)

-       James Messina (UCSD)

-       Irina Schumski (Warwick)

-       Sandy Steel (Oxford)

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Oxford Philosophy Department, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the Mind Association, and the UK Kant Society for their generous funding towards this conference.

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