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11 May 2015

Christian F. Rostbøll publishes new book on Kant

Christian F. Rostbøll has just published an introdution to Immanuel Kant's practical philosophy (in Danish). Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is unquestionably one of the most important Western philosophers. Since his own time he has been acknowledged for his contribution to epistemology and moral philosophy. However, Kant’s contribution to political theory is less well known. But Kant’s moral philosophy has actually had a significant influence on the development of contemporary political theory. For example, his categorical imperative and the idea that all persons should be treated as ends in themselves and not merely as means have often been referred to. Generally speaking, Kantian deontology is the most important alternative to utilitarianism. In recent years, the interest in Kant’s philosophy of right and political essays has exploded. In particular, his concept of freedom, freedom as independence, and his republican conception of the state have been central.

This book is the first in Danish, which focuses on Kant’s contribution to Political Science, and which contains an introduction to his republican theory of law and right. In addition to the introduction to Kant’s moral philosophy and philosophy of right, the book also contains excerpts from Kant’s own texts about Enlightenment, ethics, politics and right.

You can find the book here: Rostbøll, Christian F. Immanuel Kant. København: Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag, 2015.