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Provisional Politics: Kantian Arguments in Policy Context

Elisabeth Ellis


This book argues that if we are to vindicate moral reasoning in politics, we must focus on the conditions of political discourse rather than the contents of any particular ethical system. This book builds on a interpretation of Kant's theory of provisional right to construct a new theory of justice under conditions of agency and plurality. It develops this new perspective through a series of cases ranging from the treatment of AIDS widows in Kenya to the rights of non-citizens everywhere, as well as the clash between democratic decision-making and the politics of species conservation. The book ... More

Keywords: moral reasoning, politics, political discourse, ethical systems, justice, political agency, plurality, AIDS widows, species conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300125221
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300125221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth Ellis, author