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The Legislative Authority

Newhouse, Marie (2019) The Legislative Authority Kantian Review.

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This article develops an account of the nature and limits of the state’s legislative authority that closely attends to the challenge of harmonising Kant’s ethical and juridical theories. Part one clarifies some key Kantian concepts and terms. Part two explains the way in which the state’s three interlocking authorities—legislative, executive, and judicial—are metaphysically distinct and mutually dependent. Part three describes the emergence of the Kantian state and identifies the preconditions of its authority. Part four offers a metaphysical model of the Kantian state and uses it to argue that the activity of juridical lawgiving is an act of the omnilateral will itself. Part five argues that the legislative authority is limited in the sense that it does not include the capacity to create juridical laws that are conceptually incompatible with the idea of universal external freedom. Part six argues that my proposed account of the legislative authority is wholly consistent with that authority’s exclusive lawgiving capacity and does not threaten the possibility of ‘distributive justice’—the legal finality that is the sine qua non of a civil condition.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Date : 26 November 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : © Kantian Review, 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords : Kant, Metaphysics of Morals, Doctrine of Right, state authority, legislative authority, legislation, positive law, legal obligation, juridical duties, rightful honour, legal finality, distributive justice
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 30 Jan 2020 13:14
Last Modified : 30 Jan 2020 13:14

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