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Sovereignty and political representation in Kant´s Lectures Naturrecht Feyerabend

Grant number: 16/21855-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 10, 2017
Effective date (End): March 09, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Ethics
Principal researcher:Monique Hulshof
Grantee:Monique Hulshof
Host: Pauline Kleingeld
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Groningen, Netherlands  


The proposal for a two-month research at the University of Groningen is part of a wider project that aims to investigate how Kant's principle of autonomy of the will presented in his works on moral grounds is strongly linked to his understanding about the historical process of Enlightenment and the importance of public use of reason for the fulfillment of morality in history. Within this larger project, it will be crucial to analyze Kant's Lectures on Natural Law Feyerabend in which he exposes for the first time the concept of autonomy and offers a clear conception of self-legislation in the Political Right. These Lectures held by Kant in 1784, while he was writing the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, provide central elements for understanding the elaboration of the principle of autonomy of the will. Within this framework, the aim of the research internship abroad is to investigate the concepts of popular sovereignty and political representation offered by Kant in these Lectures. During the internship we also intend to translate these Lectures and to write an introduction and explanatory notes.

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