For a long time in Anglo-American political philosophy “Kant’s political philosophy” meant not Kant’s own developed political thought, but an application of his moral theory to political issues. Thankfully, Kant’s legal and political thought is experiencing a renaissance in the English-speaking world after a long period of neglect. Not only Kant’s short political writings such as Toward Perpetual Peace, “On The Common Saying: This May be True in Theory but it Does Not Hold in Practice,” and “An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment” are being rediscovered; also the Doctrine of Right, the first part of the Metaphysics of Morals of 1797 and a notoriously difficult work not least due to editorial complications in Kant’s time, is receiving growing attention in the Anglo-American Kant scholarship. Elisabeth Ellis’ volume is a fine example of this development.
Walla, Alice Pinheiro
"Kant's Political Theory: Interpretations and Applications,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 3, Article 17.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/id-journal/vol3/iss1/17