The right of necessity in Kant’s Doctrine of Right: A New Perspective / Doctoral School Lecture

by Prof. J.-C. Merle


The need of critical revisiting the legacy of 18th and 19th German Philosophy, one of the most fruitful periods in German Philosophy, lies not only in the fact that the central problems of contemporary political philosophy are implicitly or explicitly related to the legacy of the philosophices of Kant, Fichte and Hegel, but first and foremost in the reductionist and one-sided dominant interpretations of this philosophies, according to which the political philosophies of Kant, Fichte and Hegel are nothing but representatives of Eurocentrism, racism, totalitarism and anti-democratic visions of social life. An approach to these philosophies, free from contemporary prejudices or preconceptions, will contribute to a deconstruction of the mentioned current interpretations.


19:30h – 21.30h
Free entry

Organised by

Centre for Critical Philosophy

Invited speakers

Prof. J.-Ch. Merle (Universität des Saarlandes)

28 November 2013


Room 0.32A
Blandijnberg 2
9000 Gent


Emiliano Acosta


Merle, J. Ch. (2009) "German Idealism and the Concept of Punishment" Cambridge: University Press. Selected chapters.

Merle, J. Ch. (2000) "A Kantian Critique of Kant's Theory of Punishment", in: LAW AND PHILOSOPHY, Vol. 19, Is. 2, pp. 311-338.