Poverty and Property in Kant’s System of Rights
34 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2012
Date Written: 2003
The state's support of the poor through taxation seems to accomplish distributive justice at the expense of citizens' corrective justice entitlements. While this apparent inconsistency has led many to attempt to eliminate one form of justice at the expense of the other, Kant believed that the distributive justice of a state duty to support the poor could be reconciled with his corrective justice conception of property. This paper elucidates Kant's conception of property in a way that explains this outcome.
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