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Patriotism, Peace and Poverty: Reply to Bernstein and Varden

Kleingeld, P., 2014, In : Kantian Review. 19, 3, p. 267-284

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In this essay I reply to Alyssa Bernstein and Helga Varden’s comments on my book, Kant and Cosmopolitanism. In response to Bernstein, I argue that Kant’s opposition to the coercive incorporation of states into an international federation should be interpreted as permitting no exceptions. In response to Varden, I clarify Kant’s conception and defence of patriotism as a duty, and I show how Kantian cosmopolitans can rebut Bernard Williams’s ‘one-thought-too-many’ objection. I also explicate why, given a specific feature of Kant’s defence of the state’s duty to provide poverty relief, an international federation can be seen to have an analogous duty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-284
JournalKantian Review
Volume19
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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