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Kant’s Justification of Rights to Usufruct

Kenneth R. Westphal

in How Hume and Kant Reconstruct Natural Law

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780198747055
Published online May 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191809200 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747055.003.0008
Kant’s Justification of Rights to Usufruct

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Kant’s universalization test is illustrated and defended by reconstructing Kant’s argument to justify rights to usufruct (acquisition, possession and use of things), based on human autonomy and human finitude. The modal interpretation of Kant’s universalization test (advocated by O’Neill) is developed and defended in detail. Only rights to usufruct can be defended by appeal to natural law; rights to property require public legislation (positive law).

Keywords: autonomy; human finitude; justice and morals; Onora O’Neill; possession; property; universalization test; usufruct; natural law

Chapter.  12126 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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