In the following sections, I defend the idea of Kant's 'transitional cosmopolitanism'. I hold that Kant holds a distinct view for the 'transitional' character of cosmopolitan law which avoids the danger of a world state. According to this suggested interpretation, the relation between cosmopolitan law and its institutional instantiations is explained by the function the former plays as a “freedom generating” advancement. Among those most relevant to the argument I offer here, both Kleingeld and Brown are worth mentioning. However, my interpretation differs from theirs in important ways. Whereas Kleingeld attributes to Kant’s change of mind the institutional shift from a weak noncoercive league to a coercive state of states, and Brown emphasizes the practical implementation of cosmopolitan law as a form of legal transition, I reconstruct and explain how the multiple institutional entities Kant refers to are to be considered as parts of a single pattern. This hypothesis justifies the idea of an inherent transitional character of transnational improvements brought about by cosmopolitan right.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Corradetti: Kant's Legacy and the Idea of a Transitional Jus Cosmopoliticum
Claudio Corradetti (Univ. of Oslo - Law) has published Kant's Legacy and the Idea of a Transitional Jus Cosmopoliticum (Ratio Juris, Vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 105–121, March 2016). Here's the abstract: