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The “Face of Janus” of Immanuel Kant’s Legal Philosophy



December 6th and 8th, 2022

17:30 - 20:00


Legal historian Ernst Landberg wrote the following about Kant in his History of German Jurisprudence: “In its significance for the history of jurisprudence, Kantian philosophy of law emerges as a true face of Janus. Considered on the one hand, it is still part of 18th century developments, staying in its perspective and bringing them to completion; considered from the other hand, it constitutes the starting point for new developments in the following century”. The course has a double objective: to present, in an introductory way, the legal thought of Kant and to explore his character of “Face of Janus”. The central concepts of the Kantian philosophy of law will be discussed, highlighting its insertion in the German natural law tradition of the 18th century and presenting elements that led to the beginning of the rupture with this tradition in the early 19th century.

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