Patriotism, poverty, and global justice: A Kantian engagement with Pauline Kleingeld's Kant and Cosmopolitanism

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In this article I critically engage some of the philosophical ideas Kleingeld presents in Kant and Cosmopolitanism, namely patriotism, poverty and global justice. Against Kleingeld, I propose, first, that perhaps democracy is less important and affectionate love more so to both Kant himself as well as to an account that can successfully refute a Bernard Williams style 'one-thought-too-many' objection to Kantian patriotism; second, that guaranteeing unconditional poverty relief for all its citizens is constitutive of the minimally just state for Kant; and, third, that there seem to be more disanalogies between the domestic and the global public authorities in Kant's account of right than Kleingeld's interpretation allows for.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-266
Number of pages16
JournalKantian Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2014



  • Kant's Doctrine of Right
  • Pauline Kleingeld
  • cosmopolitanism
  • global justice
  • patriotism
  • poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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