CfP: Kant on Citizenship and Exclusion

CfP on “Kant on Citizenship and Exclusion” for a Panel at ECPR General Conference in Bordeaux in September 2013.

Proposals are welcome and can be sent until 1st of February 2013.

ECPR General Conference Bordeaux 04-07 September 2013

Section: Justification and Application: The Nature and Function of Political Norms.

Panel chair: Oliviero Angeli, TU Dresden

Panel co-chair : Nele Schneidereit, TU Dresden

Please submit your paper proposal online through the ECPR website

and send a copy of your paper proposal to the panel chairs ( /

Guidelines for proposing a paper:

Acceptance of papers will be finalised not later than 1. April 2013.

Panel abstract:

On of the Janus-faced feature of Kant’s doctrine of Right is his conception of citizenship. While Kant’s philosophy of law develops an idea of state that is both universalistic and inclusive, his conception of citizenship is anything but universalistic and inclusive. In recent years Kantians have struggled to make room for an inclusionary account of Kant’s idea of citizenship. But most attempts were limited to pointing out the inadequacies and contradictions of Kant’s endeavour to define of (‘active’) citizenship along gender and class lines. Much less attention has been given to a no less relevant issue, namely whether Kant’s conception of citizenship provides a moral criteria for exclusion from citizenship. Indeed, while the focus of research has traditionally been on broadening the scope of citizenship beyond contingent and ascriptive bonds, there is a growing literature that challenges Kantians to articulate a non-pragmatic justification for exclusion. This panel therefore seeks contributions that examine Kant’s position on citizenship and exclusion, its relationship to his cosmopolitanism, the role of territorial boundaries in Kant’s legal philosophy and the relevance of these issues for debates on the relation between Universal Law of Right and Permissive Law of Practical Reason. We welcome papers examining these issues either from a historical or from a systematic perspective.

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