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Geismann, G (2021). Kants Rechtslehre zwischen ethischer Überhöhung und positivistischer Verflachung. Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik / Annual Review of Law and Ethics, 29(1), 189-235. https://doi.org/10.3790/jre.29.1.189
Geismann, Georg (2021). "Kants Rechtslehre zwischen ethischer Überhöhung und positivistischer Verflachung" Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik / Annual Review of Law and Ethics, vol. 29no. 1, 2021 pp. 189-235. https://doi.org/10.3790/jre.29.1.189
Geismann, G (2021). Kants Rechtslehre zwischen ethischer Überhöhung und positivistischer Verflachung. Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik / Annual Review of Law and Ethics, Vol. 29 (Issue 1), pp 189-235. https://doi.org/10.3790/jre.29.1.189

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Kants Rechtslehre zwischen ethischer Überhöhung und positivistischer Verflachung

Zum Scheitern von Martin Heusers angeblich „dezidiert metaphysischem“ Unternehmen, „die Riege der führenden Kantinterpreten“ das Fürchten zu lehren

Geismann, Georg

Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik / Annual Review of Law and Ethics, Vol. 29 (2021), Iss. 1 : pp. 189–235

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Geismann, Georg, Prof. em. Dr., Elßholzstraße 15, D-10781 Berlin; auch erreichbar unter: www.georggeismann.de

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This essay deals with Kant’s Doctrine of Right, but in a rather unusual way by being at the same time a review of a book on that doctrine. It was, indeed, that book which brought me, by trying to review it, to reformulate my own view on the issue

To sum up the main mistakes of the author of that book: he takes the Doctrine of Right as a direct application of the doctrine of freedom, as developed in the Analytic of the Critique of Practical Reason, to external acting of humans. That leads him on a crooked path to the thesis that provisional right is not „real“ right in the state of nature, but a conceptual assumption, which can be only thought of. With his idea that real right can only exist in a civil state, the author ends up in a position of legal positivism.

The essay tries to expose the decisive steps which made the author go astray so that he eventually failed to grasp Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals altogether. Accordingly, apart from the mentioned mistakes, some connected problem areas, which are completely muddled up in the book, will be subjected to a closer investigation: freedom of the will versus freedom of action; free will versus general will; freedom in the doctrine of right versus freedom in ethics; validity of right versus effectiveness of right. Towards the end, some pages are dedicated to a critical statement on the author’s thesis that Kant’s Doctrine of Right is absolutely unsuited as basis for any claim to distributive justice.

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Georg Geismann, Kants Rechtslehre zwischen ethischer Überhöhung und positivistischer Verflachung. Zum Scheitern von Martin Heusers angeblich „dezidiert metaphysischem“ Unternehmen, „die Riege der führenden Kantinterpreten“ das Fürchten zu lehren 189
I. Rechtslehre und die Analytik der Kritik der praktischen Vernunft 189
II. Willensfreiheit – Handlungsfreiheit 195
III. Freier Wille – allgemeiner Wille 189
IV. Freiheit in der Rechtslehre – Freiheit in der Ethik 189
V. Rechtsgeltung – Rechtskraft 189
VI. Rechtspositivismus 191
VII. Verteilungsgerechtigkeit 191
VIII. Ehe – unnatürlicher Geschlechtsgebrauch 192
IX. Machart 192
Summary 192